Finding Lung Cancer Information
One of the largest challenges well dealing with a lung carcinoma diagnoses is to learn more about your condition. Lung cancer information is widely available, both online and offline. There are some critical considerations you must keep in mind as you research cancer of the lungs.
1) Which cancer do I have?
Not all lung carcinomas are created equal. Understanding your diagnoses is key to finding the right information about your condition. Your treatment and prognosis may be different depending if the physician diagnoses you with Small-Cell or Non-Small Cell lung carcinoma. Others types of lung-related cancers, such as mesothelioma lung cancer, are not as common.
2) What stage cancer do I have?
Your particular stage of cancer is very important to know. Information on lung cancers such as treatment options and even cutting edge clinical trials are all dependent on the type and stage of cancer.
3) Besides conventional medicine, what supporting therapies are available?
From dietary changes to meditation to improve the brain-body connection, there are many lifestyle changes available to people to support and augment the effect of conventional cancer treatments. It is important to take information you gather on these lifestyle enhancements and discuss them with your doctor, as there are many people ready to take advantage of cancer patients.
4) What types of clinical trials are on-going?
Your doctor may or may not inform you of research and trials that may offer a promising new treatment for your condition. Several websites, ranging from the National Institutes of Health to individual facility websites such as the Mayo Clinic website discuss ongoing and upcoming clinical trials. Particularly if you have no health insurance or if your cancer is one that historically does not have a good response rate to existing treatments, a clinical trial may offer the chance you need to beat your cancer.
The most important aspect of finding out lung cancer information is to make sure you validate what you see. The media is notorious for providing only half the story, both traditional media and the internet. Validate what you find with your physician or locate multiple, unrelated sources before you accept that information as truth.