Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined. Because lung cancer typically doesn't cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages, the disease often is not diagnosed until the advanced stages. Treatment for lung cancer can include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery to remove the cancer.
On this week's Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, will explain lung cancer screening and surgical options for treating the disease. Dr. Blackmon also will cover mesothelioma, another type of cancer that often occurs in the tissue surrounding the lungs. Also on the program, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, will explain how deep brain stimulation is being used to control seizures for some epilepsy patients. And Dr. Jon Ebbert, an internal medicine and addiction specialist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss alcohol use disorder.
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