About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is categorized into three different types; non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and lung carcinoid tumor.

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common diagnosis, accounting for 85% of lung cancer diagnoses. Small cell lung cancer occurs in 10% - 15% of diagnoses, and lung carcinoid tumors account for approximately 5% of lung cancer cases.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the lung begin to grow at an uncontrolled rate, eventually forming a tumor.

Lung Cancer Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with lung cancer include:

  • A consistent or worsening cough
  • Coughing up blood or discolored sputum
  • Hoarseness
  • Chest pain that increases during coughing, deep breathing, or laughing
  • Unexplained loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • New instances of wheezing

To learn more about the three different types of lung cancer, speak with your healthcare provider or click here.

Lung Cancer Screening

While some lung cancers can be found early, most cases of lung cancer are found due to associated symptoms.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, participation in our Low Dose Lung CT Screening Program may be right for you. Learn more about this program here.

Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer is often treated using multiple types of coordinated treatments, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapies
  • Drug Treatments

Your Lung Cancer Treatment Team

Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options is the first step in fighting lung cancer. At Frederick Regional Health System, we’re committed to providing you with a cancer treatment experience that is focused on you.

Learn more about your treatment team:

Center for Chest Disease
Oncology Care Consultants