Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women in America. Getting effective diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates in Paterson, Totowa and Union City, New Jersey can give you the support you need. Expert pulmonologist, Dr. Nader Mahmood, provides personalized, compassionate care throughout diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. If you are concerned about lung cancer and need help, call or schedule a visit online today.
The most common causes of lung cancer are smoking and secondhand smoke. Less frequently, lung cancer is caused by exposure to radon and other environmental pollutants. In rare cases, lung cancer develops in people with no known risk factors and unfortunately, the cause is unclear.
If you have a history of smoking or secondhand smoke exposure along with these symptoms, you are at risk. Common signs of lung cancer include:
Don’t brush these symptoms off if they’re causing problems for you. Diagnosis is easier and less invasive than traditional biopsy methods with the cutting-edge technology available at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates.
The primary test to detect cancerous changes in the lungs is bronchoscopy. Dr. Mahmood slides a thin bronchoscope made of fiber optic cable through your mouth and nose to your lungs while you are under local anesthesia. The cable includes a camera that takes videos of your lungs.
Dr. Mahmood uses the highest-quality technology – including navigational bronchoscopy and endobronchial (EBUS) bronchoscopy – to diagnose lung cancer. These options are minimally invasive and safer when compared to chest biopsies.
There are three main types of lung cancer. Understanding the type of lung cancer you have will affect the type of treatment you receive and your prognosis. Based on the type of lung cancer that Dr. Mahmood determines you have, he will recommend the appropriate oncologist for specialized treatment.
Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer, making up approximately 85% of diagnoses. Subtypes include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.
Small cell lung cancer – also called oat cell cancer – causes about 10-15% of cases. This type tends to spread quickly.
Lung carcinoid tumors cause approximately 5% of lung cancers. They can also be called lung neuroendocrine tumors. This type tends to grow slowly and rarely spreads.
Dr. Mahmood educates you about your cancer diagnosis and treatment options so you can make the best choice based on your needs.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of lung cancer or need help, call now, or schedule a visit online to see Dr. Mahmood.