About Lung Cancer

What is Lung Cancer?

Thank you to the Lung Cancer Alliance for this image and information!

Credit: Lung Cancer Alliance

The lungs are sponge-like organs that are part of the respiratory system. During breathing, air enters the mouth or nasal passage and travels down the windpipe or trachea. The trachea splits into two sets of tubes, bronchial tubes, which lead to the left and right lung. The bronchi branch off into smaller and smaller tubes that eventually end in small balloon-like sacs called as alveoli.

The alveoli are where oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other substances are exchanged (more…)

Lung Cancer Symptoms


Talk with your Doctor

Lung cancer often has no symptoms until it has spread (metastasized). This is because there are few specialized nerves (pain receptors) in the lungs. When lung cancer symptoms do occur, they vary depending on the type of lung cancer and location and size of the tumor. Some lung cancer symptoms are similar to those of other common illnesses, like bronchitis.

Remind your doctor of your medical and social history at each physical examination (more…)

Diagnosing Lung Cancer

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A series of tests are available and necessary to correctly diagnose lung cancer. If lung cancer is identified, further testing is typically done to type and stage the cancer, which then determines the treatment options.

Chest x-rays have been shown ineffective to screen for lung cancer but for some, a problem in the lungs may first be identified by chest x-ray.  A CT (computed tomography) scan is the preferred diagnostic test for lung cancer. (more…)

Side Effect Management

Cancer treatments can cause negative side effects. These side effects can occur when normal cells are damaged by cancer treatment. Not everyone will have the same side effects.

It is important to know that, in many cases, side effects can be managed by your healthcare team with the use of what are called supportive care therapies. Discuss any side effects you have with your team to see how they can help. (more…)

New Directions in Lung Cancer

Lung cancer treatment is changing, thanks to research in prevention, early detection and treatment. Recent advances include new ways to operate on lung cancer, improvements in radiation techniques and the approval of new therapies that target a specific feature of the cancer and activate the immune system against the cancer. These are some of the current major areas of research


Lung Cancer Research Funding

Learn more about the lack of lung cancer research funding in this NBC2 interview featuring Thomas Cappiello, Lung Cancer Research Council Founder & President.

Video courtesy WBBH/NBC2

Immunotherapy and its Ability to Fight Cancer

Unlike chemotherapy that attacks cancer directly, immunotherapy leverages a patient’s own immune system to help battle disease. Learn more about how immunotherapy helped a lung cancer patient restore his health and more in this New York Times article by Denise Grady. (more…)


Our mission is to increase public awareness and understanding about lung cancer and to promote screening and early detection in order to save lives.

Research, awareness and advocacy have been the catalyst for improvements in the screening, diagnosis and treatments of other cancers. We need to do the same for lung cancer. Research investment saves lives!

The Lung Cancer Research Council seeks to engage lung cancer survivors, family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers in SW Florida. The opportunity to partner together will help in advancing lung cancer awareness, accelerating research and improving outcomes for lung cancer patients. We are excited for you to join us! Your commitment to work with us will improve the lives of many people in our community.


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