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Lung cancer

Also known as Carcinoma Of Lung and Pulmonary Carcinoma

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung in a process called metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body. Most cancers that start in lung, known as primary lung cancers, are carcinomas that derive from epithelial cells. The main types of lung cancer are small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC), also called oat cell cancer, and non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The most common symptoms are coughing (including coughing up blood), weight loss and shortness of breath.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with lung cancer, 44% report having shortness of breath, 30% report having cough, and 24% report having fatigue.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with lung cancer often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, radiographic imaging procedure, glucose measurement, x-ray computed tomography, electrolytes panel, complete physical skin exam performed (ml) and magnetic resonance imaging .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with lung cancer include carboplatin, dexamethasone topical product, paclitaxel (taxol), prochlorperazine (compro), erlotinib (tarceva), dexamethasone, etoposide, pegfilgrastim (neulasta), tiotropium (spiriva), bevacizumab (avastin), darbepoetin alfa (aranesp), gemcitabine (gemzar) and cisplatin .

Carboplatin
$182
(21 days)
Dexamethasone Topical Product

Paclitaxel (Taxol)
$978
(21 days)
Prochlorperazine (Compro)
$14
(14 days)
Erlotinib (Tarceva)
$3703
(28 days)
Dexamethasone
$13
(14 days)
Etoposide
$192
(21 days)
Pegfilgrastim (Neulasta)
$4278
(21 days)
Tiotropium (Spiriva)
$180
(28 days)
Bevacizumab (Avastin)
$4660
(21 days)
Darbepoetin Alfa (Aranesp)
$1004
(21 days)
Gemcitabine (Gemzar)
$2144
(21 days)
Cisplatin
$56
(21 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for lung cancer include age 75+ years age 60-74 years. On the other hand, age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years, age 15-29 years, and age < 1 years almost never get lung cancer.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.0x
15-29 years
0.0x
30-44 years
0.2x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
3.4x
75+ years
2.5x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.6x
Hispanic
0.3x
White
1.3x
Other
0.6x
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