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When it comes to asbestos-related cancer, it is important to understand that there are a few different types of cancer caused by asbestos exposure: asbestos-related lung cancer, and asbestos mesothelioma (of which there are different types, described here). The following is a description of both types of asbestos cancer. Other types of cancer can also be caused by asbestos exposure, so it is a good idea to seek professional medical help if you think you have been exposed.
Asbestos lung cancer is a type of cancer that often affects workers exposed to asbestos on the job, particularly those that smoke cigarettes. Three types of lung cancer can be caused by asbestos exposure: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small lung cancer (NSCLC), and a mix of both types. Nearly 80 percent of all lung cancers are of the NSCLC type.
Asbestos Lung Cancer Symptoms can include:
Asbestos Lung Cancer Diagnosis will focus on diagnosing or ruling out this condition, as well and determining the stage, or progression, of the cancer. To diagnose asbestos lung cancer a doctor may:
If asbestos lung cancer is suspected, the doctor will determine the stage of the asbestos-related disease using a CT, MRI, and/or PET scan.
The stages of asbestos lung cancer of the non-small cell variety are as follows:
Asbestos Lung Cancer Treatment often depends on the asbestos lung cancer stage and other factors, such as the patient’s age, overall health, and preferences. Treatments can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted drug therapy, clinical trials, alternative/complimentary treatments, and palliative care, which is intended to support the patient but not cure the cancer.
Asbestos Lung Cancer Prognosis depends on a number of factors. The sooner asbestos lung cancer is detected, the better the chances of survival, though the factors contributing to a patient’s survival are more complex. It is best to speak with a doctor about your or your loved one’s specific prognosis. Survival rates can give you some idea of what you are looking at; but you must remember that these are general predictors and really don’t tell you the chances of you or your loved one dying from lung cancer.