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Lung Cancer 101 Carissa Thompson RN, BSN, OCN Dispelling the myths O “Only smokers get Lung cancer” O “More women die from Breast cancer O O O O O than from Lung Cancer” “I am too young to get Lung Cancer” “There is nothing I can do to lower my risk” “Lung cancer rates are decreasing now that fewer people are smoking” “If I already have Lung cancer it doesn’t matter if I quit smoking” “Lung cancer is a death sentence” “Statistics are compiled from the experiences of large numbers of people… ” Early detection is the key!! O Low dose CT. O Annual CXR O Monitoring of PFT’s O Annual Physicals O Report any health changes O Reduce your risk!! (smoking cessation, reduce environmental exposure) Symptoms of Lung Cancer Often patients have no symptoms until cancer has advanced. Common symptoms: O cough (especially one that doesn't go away or gets worse in character) O chest pain O shortness of breath O coughing up blood or bloody phlegm O new onset hoarseness or wheezing O recurrent problems with pneumonia or bronchitis O weight loss O loss of appetite O Retrieved on 8/12/2009 from http://oncolink.org/types/article.cfm?c=9&s=76&ss=781&id=8037&p=2 Hot off the press- New screening guidelines O November 9th, 2011 the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) updated surveillance guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer encouraging annual screening for HIGH RISK patients. Those people include: Age 55-74 AND O ≥ 30 pack year history of smoking AND O Smoking cessation < 15 years OR • Age ≥ 50 AND • ≥ 20 pack year history of smoking AND • One additional risk factor other than second hand smoke. These factors include radon exposure, occupational exposure, family history of lung cancer, personal cancer history, history of COPD. O KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!! O Dispel the myths O Know the facts about risk and early detection O Surround yourself with strong positive people O Have HOPE!!