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Piper Lung Cancer Program

Lung cancer can affect all aspects of a person's life. Taking that into consideration, the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute's Piper Lung Cancer Program addresses the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of each patient and family member.

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Lung cancer: What is it?

Frank's doctor listens to his lungs to see how well he is breathing despite lung cancer

Lung cancer starts in the lungs. It is a tumor of abnormal cells that reproduce rapidly and do not grow into normal lung tissue. A lung cancer tumor can grow in one or both lungs.

There are two main types of lung cancer.

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common lung cancer.
Small cell lung cancer is a fast-growing lung cancer.

Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that involves the lining of the lung. Although mesothelioma occurs in the chest, it is not considered a form of lung cancer.

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Malignant mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon cancerous tumor of the lining of the lung and chest cavity (pleura) or lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) that is typically due to long-term asbestos exposure. Learn more about mesothelioma in our health library.

Lung cancer facts

  • Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other type of cancer.
  • Lung cancer is the most preventable type of cancer.
  • To prevent most lung cancer cases, all you need to do is stop smoking – or never start.

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Source: American Cancer Society, All About Lung Cancer – Non-small Cell, All About Lung Cancer – Small Cell; National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™; Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Reviewed by: Katie Schwarzkopf, manager, Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 09/30/2009
Last Reviewed: 09/01/2011