Lung Cancer Specialist

Cancer and Blood Care Specialists

Hematologists & Oncologists located in Santa Ana, CA

When you’re going through lung cancer treatment, it’s essential to have the compassionate and attentive care you deserve in a location you trust. At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists in Santa Ana, California, the team offers men and women in their community personalized and innovative treatments in a supportive and comfortable environment. To learn more about lung cancer treatments at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Lung Cancer Q & A

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer develops in your lungs when cells begin growing abnormally.

Lung cancers are grouped into two primary types:

Small Cell

Small cell lung cancer almost exclusively affects heavy smokers. It may be due to repeated cell damage caused by the carcinogens — cancer-causing substances — found in cigarette smoke.

Non-Small Cell

Approximately 85% of lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancer. This group of diseases includes squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Few symptoms typically occur in the early stages of lung cancer. As the disease advances, you might experience:

  • Headache
  • Bone pain
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • A new chronic cough
  • Unexplained weight loss

“Metastasized” lung cancer is cancer that has spread to other areas of your body.

What causes lung cancer?

Most lung cancers are due to smoking or secondhand smoke, but sometimes there’s no apparent cause. In addition to the carcinogens in cigarettes, your risk of developing lung cancer increases with exposure to other substances, such as:

  • Nickel
  • Asbestos
  • Chromium
  • Radon gas

You’re also at higher risk of lung cancer if you have a family history of the disease.

How is lung cancer treated?

The team at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists works closely with you to outline a course of treatment based on your lung cancer type, the stage of cancer, as well as your overall health.

Lung cancer treatments usually involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments.

Surgery

Surgical procedures can vary from extracting the small section of your lung containing the tumor to removing your entire lung. In some cases, your surgeon also removes your lymph nodes.

Chemotherapy

During chemotherapy, anti-cancer drugs are introduced to your body through your bloodstream to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can also be used to relieve pain or other symptoms associated with your condition.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses targeted energy to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. It’s used alone or in combination with chemotherapy and surgery.

Your doctor might also suggest targeted drug therapy to focus on specific cell malfunctions or immunotherapy— a treatment to help your immune system fight the cancer cells.

Cancer and Blood Care Specialists offers the latest lung cancer treatments in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online.