• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: Recognizing lung cancer

November 24, 2017

a medical illlustration of lung cancerLung cancer: Symptoms
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to learn more about this disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined. Lung cancer typically doesn't cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer typically occur only when the disease is advanced. Learn what to look for and when you need to see your health care provider.

Cancer survivors: Reconnecting with loved ones after treatment 
Friends and family provide an important circle of support for cancer survivors. They love you and are worried about you, but they sometimes have strange ways of showing it. Some people withdraw and avoid talking to you. Others smother you and treat you like a child. Learn how to nurture relationships so that you can avoid common problems.

External beam radiation for prostate cancer
External beam radiation for prostate cancer uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays or protons, to kill cancer cells by destroying the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. Healthy cells in the beam's path also are affected by external beam radiation therapy, resulting in side effects. Learn more about this treatment option and whether it might be right for you.

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