How does lung cancer affect the body?

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MEDICAL ANIMATION TRANSCRIPT: You or someone you care about may have been diagnosed with lung cancer. This video will help you understand more about lung cancer and how it affects your body. Your lungs are a pair of organs inside your chest that allow you to breathe. You inhale oxygen, which all cells need. Then you exhale a waste gas called carbon dioxide. This gas exchange happens inside tiny air sacs in your lungs. Lung cancer is a disease in which normal lung cells change into harmful abnormal cells called cancer cells. Cancer cells multiply to form clusters called tumors. These tumors grow and destroy healthy lung tissue. Lung cancer may spread to other parts of your body through blood or lymph fluid– a natural substance that helps gather unwanted waste material from your body. There are two main types of lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. They are named for the kinds of cells in the cancer, and how they look under a microscope. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer is the most aggressive type of lung cancer. It grows and spreads more quickly. The most important risk factor for lung cancer is smoking. Other risk factors include breathing secondhand smoke, exposure to radon, having a family history of lung cancer, HIV infection, exposure to harmful chemicals, such as asbestos, and air pollution. Lung cancer may have no symptoms in its early stages. When symptoms do appear, they may include chronic cough, chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, hoarseness, loss of appetite, trouble swallowing, weight loss, tiredness, and facial or neck swelling. If you have lung cancer, your doctor will need to determine the stage or progression of the disease to help plan your treatment. Non-small cell lung cancer has many stages. In the occult stage, cancer cells are found only in lung fluids. In Stage 0, abnormal or cancer cells are found in the lining of the airways. By Stage 1, a small tumor is found. Then in Stage 2, the cancer has grown or spread to nearby lymph nodes or non-lung tissues. In Stage 3A, the tumor has grown to any size. In addition, cancer is found in lymph nodes on the same side of the chest or in nearby organs. Stage 3B is similar to 3A. But in 3B, cancer is found in lymph nodes on the opposite side of the chest. Cancer may also be found in lymph nodes above the collarbone. In Stage 4, tumors might be found in both lungs. Additionally, cancer may have spread to distant organs. There are fewer stages for small cell lung cancer. In its limited stage, cancer is found in one side of the chest only. In the extensive stage, cancer has spread to the other side of the chest or to distant organs. As you deal with a diagnosis of lung cancer, continue to talk to your doctor and your cancer care team.

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Deriz Nobot says:

NAZECODEX CHOKE POINT

Jean Merron says:

Mu hubby just died of lung cancer

Lilacxlove #REBRAND?! #HOSTINGMEP says:

My gramma had this for years and did not now and now its transferred to her brain 🙁

carl@ says:

omg omg omg omg!!!!!! i hate cancer please

sam ali says:

ive been to a vacation on a beautiful nature place and i had cigarette smoke smell coming from the window of my hotel room the whole time

i rent a flat and i always have cigarette smell coming from my window the whole time after work

i walk on the street and i always smell cigarette smoke on bus stations and traffic lights …

im really glad smoking have serious consequences . this is the only justice that i have 100% no problem with

weather you are aware of the effects you have on people around you or not … you Have DESREVED every bit of consequence be it Cancer or any other kind of crucial devastating physical pain or emotional pain period .

Cig Addict says:

I have lung cancer in stadium 2 thx to my genetics and family. I smoked for half a year and now im probably going to die

Jennifer Moore says:

Fyi lymph drainage and dandelion sounds suspiciously symbolically suggestive to inflammation giver if allergy is present and effectiveness tested upon a try?..

Lord Chameleon says:

My name is Walter H. White. I was diagnosed this disease today. I couldn't get the courage to tell the news to my pregnant wife and teenage son. I feel so bad and there are a lot of things I wanted to do, missed opportunities, wasted time and all.
Wish me luck.

Aleena Basharat says:

May God bless everyone who sees this video

IHATETHEYEAR2021!!!! IHATETHEYEAR21 says:

WILL IT GO AWAY BY ITSELF?

Sjef says:

My dad benefited from immunotherapy for his stage 4 lung cancer. He was diagnosed in 2017 and still alive in 2022. Since over a year he only has chemo therapy as a treatment as the scans didn't show any cancer anymore. Stopping with immune therapy was difficult but the immunotherapy was quite tough with the severe side effects he got from it. So far so good with a milder therapy, but all the years going to the hospital is taking its toll too. I hope he lives for many more years. Quitting is not an option (yet), the risk it will come back quickly is apparent. When it comes back there is probably no way of stopping it again.

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