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What is Metastatic Lung Cancer?

Metastatic lung cancer. Three words no one ever wants to hear. But, because nearly 40% of people with newly diagnosed lung cancer already have metastases to other parts of the body,[1] it’s important to understand the gravity of the term and how early recognition of symptoms may help prevent lung cancer from spreading. Definition Metastatic […]

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How Does Pulmonary Tuberculosis Spread?

Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection of the lungs caused by the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is an airborne disease, meaning it spreads from person to person through tiny droplets in the air. Although tuberculosis is most often found in the lungs, it can develop in other parts of the body, as well. It’s […]

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What are Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines?

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer, by far, is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, alike. In fact, every year, more people die of lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.[1] Because lung cancer is so prevalent, lung cancer screening was developed to detect lung cancer […]

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How Common is Lung Adenocarcinoma?

Lung adenocarcinoma is a type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that occurs when abnormal lung cells chaotically multiply to form a tumor. Untreated, these tumor cells can metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes around and in-between the lungs, the liver, brain, bones and adrenal glands.[1] Lung Adenocarcinoma vs […]

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Why Might I Need Chest Fluoroscopy?

Chest fluoroscopy is a type of imaging test that uses a fluoroscope (a special type of X-ray machine), which allows your health care provider to see live images of the inside of your body. It’s a kind of X-ray movie, but uses more radiation that your standard chest X-ray so your health care provider will […]

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Is Esbriet an Approved Treatment for IPF?

Genentech’s Esbriet (pirfenidone) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014 to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a fatal disease characterized by progressive scarring (fibrosis) of lung tissue. This is great news for people with IPF, as prior to the development of Esbriet and nintedanib (Ofev), another new drug approved to treat […]

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What is Central Sleep Apnea?

Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a type of sleep disorder that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. It’s associated with significant complications, including frequent nighttime awakenings, excessive daytime sleepiness and an increased risk of problems associated with the heart and circulatory system.[1] Causes of CSA Breathing is controlled by the autonomic […]

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What is Bronchogenic Carcinoma?

The term “bronchogenic carcinoma” seems to have evolved over the years. Historically, it was used to define certain types of lung cancer that originated in the bronchi (largest air passages in the lungs) and bronchioles (smallest air passages in the lungs). At present, the term is used interchangeably to describe any type, or subtype, of […]

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