Cancer by itself is marked by unabated multiplication of cells and lung cancer is no exception. Obviously, the organ of origin happens to be the lungs, with the unusual multiplication of cells affecting more than one lung.
Origin of lung cancer
The unusual cellular multiplication affecting more than one lung may take the form of a lump. Thus usually, lung cancer starts off with a lump like tumor of the malignant kind.
How to differentiate between malignant and benign tumor of the lung
Now any malignant tumor will have the propensity to spread and disrupt the healthy working of the organ. A malignant tumor to have affected the lungs will tend to eat into the other area, thereby disrupting the lung's function of providing oxygen to the bloodstream. With the gradual spreading of the malignant tumor, the air passage is bound to be affected.
On the other hand, a benign growth in lungs will be least likely to spread. It will be more or less stationary showing little or no development.
The exact area/areas prone to be affected and types
The air passage of the lungs has cells coating it. This cancerous formation attributed medically as 'Bronchioalveolar carcinoma'is likely to affect the mentioned area.
By way of 'adenocarcinoma' the glands secreting mucus may be affected by the cancerous formation.
One of the most frequent types of lung cancer is known as 'squamous cell carcinoma'- whereby the cells coating the bronchial tube are maligned by the cancerous growth.
Another cancerous formation can strike the edge/outer surface of the lungs. Such a formation is known as the undifferentiated carcinoma.
Types of lung cancer- according to the cellular formation
It is possible to have two varieties of lung cancer according to the appearance/look of the cellular formation. They are a) small cell type b) non small cellular type.
Symptoms of lung cancer
May well be asymptomatic initially
The insidiously sinister malignant tumor may well be developing giving little or no developing symptoms. In fact, the initial stage of malignancy may well go unnoticed unless a developing lesion is detected by way of routine and regimented chest X- rays.
The symptoms develop with the gradual metastasis (growth) of malignancy
As the cancerous formation spreads into the various tissues of the lungs and those surrounding it, it is likely to have a wide array of symptoms including a) coughing b) difficulty and shortness in breathing c) chest pain d) blood spilling out with coughing e) hoarseness with the impaired functioning of the vocal cord f) infections and abscesses in case a significant portion happens to be affected by malignancy.
The following symptoms are likely in case of cancerous formation in the brain
In such an eventuality, it is possible to have a) pain in the shoulder b) vision impairment c) strokes d) seizure e) general sense of numbness.
General symptoms of lung cancer
Some of the general symptoms of lung cancer include loss of weight, anemia and an overall sense of fatigue.
The most common demography to be affected by lung cancer
Demography of smoking and lung cancer
There is little need to say that tobacco/nicotine smokers of the chronic happen to be the victimized lot.
Interestingly, people with prolonged exposure to glass, asbestos and silicates also include the higher risk category of lung cancer.
Age and lung cancer
It has been generally observed that older folks are more likely to be affected by lung cancer. The average age bracket is seventy and more. But, exceptions cannot be ruled out.
Gender and lung cancer
If the non smoking category is taken as a bench mark; it has been observed that women are more vulnerable than their masculine counterparts. But it needn't be taken as the ideal benchmark, because according to yet another analysis, men happen to include the risky category.
The different stages of lung cancer
Stages and metastasis (growth)
Stages of lung cancer point to the frequency and scope of metastasis- to what extent has the cancerous formation affected the lung/lungs and its surrounding areas. Obviously, the detection of the relevant stages is accompanied by tests, observations and the use of different diagnostic measures.
The first stage of lung cancer
In this stage, the cancerous formation is limited to the confines of the lung/lungs.
The second stage of the lung cancer
It tends to go beyond the lung and its confine.
The third stage of the lung cancer
By now it is supposed to have affected the chest. The tumor becomes intensely invasive in nature by the third stage of the lung cancer.
The fourth stage of the lung cancer
By this time, it tends to break the bounds of the chest and starts affecting the surrounding body parts.
Relative curability of lung cancer
Dependant on the frequency/stage of development
At the time of detection/diagnosis, if the malignant tumor is found to be in its first or second stage of development, there are chances of curability by means of surgical interference. But by rule, the detection is done at a later stage of development because the initial stages are usually asymptomatic.
Third and fourth stage of development
While chances of curability are less likely in these stages, options for treatment are there in plenty. While the option for surgical removal is the least relevant to the fourth stage of lung cancer, blend of radiation therapy and that of chemo therapy can still chip in.
Natural treatments for lung cancer
Right choice of food and multivitamins
Accompanying the means of chemo or radio therapy, the right blend of food and multivitamins can add to the supportive base of the treatment for lung cancer.
Food and lung cancer
While inhaled carcinogen together with smoking have their destructive roles to offer with respect of lung cancer; healthy diet with the adequate blend of fish, fruits and vegetable is good enough to provide supportive base to the natural treatment for lung cancer.
Fish oil enriched with anti-inflammatory elements is naturally conducive to the health of lungs. The same is true of certain multivitamins.