Lung cancer is having a malignant tumor in the lungs especially in the cells lining air passages.
Primary tumor-related signs and symptoms are cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis, and chest discomfort.
Signs and symptoms due to intrathoracic spread may involve the nerves (hoarseness, dyspnea, muscle wasting of upper limb, Horner's syndrome), chest wall and pleura (chest pain, dyspnea) and vascular structures (facial swelling, dilated neck veins, cardiac tamponade) & viscera (dsyphagia).
The signs and symptoms due to metastatic spread are bone pain with or without pleuritic pain, neurologic symptoms, limb weakness, unsteady gait, cervical lymphadenopathy, and skin nodules.
Patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have a past medical history of pneumonitis are at increased risk of treatment-related pneumonitis (TAP) from immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) regimens or chemotherapy alone, an analysis of clinical trial and real-world data has shown.
A week-long course of the centrally acting neurokinin-1 inhibitor aprepitant for treating cough in advanced lung cancer patients is effective and safe, producing significant improvements in cough severity and impact without increasing severe side effects, according to the results of a trial.
First-line treatment with the epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR TKI) dacomitinib demonstrated persistent survival benefit in patients with EGFR-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to updated results from the phase III ARCHER 1050* trial.
Adding pembrolizumab to platinum-based chemotherapy significantly improved survival and response to treatment compared with chemotherapy alone in the first-line setting for Chinese patients with metastatic, squamous non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to the KEYNOTE-407* China Extension Study presented at the ESMO Asia 2019 Congress.
Radiation heart dosimetric parameters appear to exert neutral effect on overall survival (OS) in nonsmall cell lung cancer patients undergoing postoperative thoracic radiotherapy (PORT), according to a recent Singapore study.
A recently published analysis of the world’s largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) of lung cancer among female never-smokers found a set of tuberculosis (TB)-related genes associated with lung adenocarcinoma in Asian women.
Patients with non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who underwent radiotherapy had a high risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACE) within 2 years post-therapy, with the cardiac radiation dose exposure being an independent predictor of MACE and all-cause mortality, a large retrospective study shows.
Use inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing lung cancer compared with patients without ICS exposure, according to data from the CORE* study.
Persons suffering from asthma should pay particular attention to SARS-CoV-2 precautionary measures such as social distancing, regular handwashing, and wearing of masks on top of keeping their asthma in control. This is because data collected so far paints a bleaker picture for asthmatics than the normal population should they catch COVID-19.