Lung Cancer

Let's Talk About Lung Cancer

We've got the doctor-approved details on causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with lung cancer easier.

    Our Pro PanelLung Cancer

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in lung cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Jacob Sands, M.D.

    Jacob Sands, M.D.Thoracic Medical Oncologist and Instructor in Medicine

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
    Jorge Gomez, M.D.

    Jorge Gomez, M.D.Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program and World Trade Center Oncology Clinic

    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY
    Elisabeth Dexter, M.D.

    Elisabeth Dexter, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon and Quality Assurance Officer for the Department of Thoracic Surgery

    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Buffalo, NY
    Lung cancer statistics: percentage of cancers that begin in the lung, number of U.S. adults diagnosed each year, lung cancer the top cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., 5-year survival rate for cell lung cancer, percentage of smoking lung cancer deaths
    Nikki Cagle
    6 causes of lung cancer that have nothing to do with smoking: radon, genetics, workplace chemicals, radiation therapy, air pollution, and other lung disease
    Nikki Cagle
    branches and flowers in the shape of lungs
    Living With Lung Cancer

    Treating Lung Cancer Without Surgery

    Even when it’s caught early, some people with lung cancer aren’t healthy or strong enough to undergo surgery to remove the tumor. Fortunately, there is another option.

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    Common Lung Cancer Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy
    Nikki Cagle

    Frequently Asked QuestionsLung Cancer

    Does vaping cause lung cancer?

    Here’s the thing: E-cigs haven’t been around very long and a lung cancer diagnosis typically develops decades from exposure. So it would be misleading to draw conclusions about lung cancer risks at this point. However, there are toxins in e-cigarettes. They are not safe.

    What is the most aggressive form of lung cancer?

    Small cell lung cancer, which makes up about 10% to 15% of all lung cancers, is the most aggressive form of the disease.

    What percentage of lung cancer is smoking responsible for?

    It’s estimated that smoking is responsible for almost 90% of all lung cancer cases.

    What accounts for the majority of cases of lung cancer?

    Adenocarcinoma, a non-small cell lung cancer, accounts for almost 39% of all lung cancer cases. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common lung cancer, accounting for 20% of all cases. Large cell carcinoma makes up less than 3%.

    Holly Pevzner

    Holly Pevzner


    Holly Pevzner is a health writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including EatingWell and Prevention.