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Lung Cancer Pathfinder

According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, lung cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the lungs. There are many types of lung cancer, but most can be categorized into two basic types, "small cell" (sometimes called "oat cell") and "non-small cell." Small cell lung cancer is generally faster growing than non-small cell, but it is more likely to respond to chemotherapy. Small cell cancer is divided into "limited stage" (generally cancer confined to the chest) and "extensive stage" (cancer that has spread outside the chest). The traditional staging system, which divides cancer into stages I through IV, is not generally applicable to small cell lung cancer.

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Internet Resources

American Cancer Society
One of the most respected of all not-for-profit organizations in the United States, the American Cancer Society makes outstanding resources available to patients, families and caregivers Lung Cancer
Accurate, current information from the world's leading authority on cancer, the National Cancer Institute. Look here first for information on treatment, clinical trials and psychosocial support.
MedlinePlus: Lung Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. Look for links to familiar places like the National Institutes of Health. An ASCO Web site
Designed especially for cancer patients by the cancer professionals of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this site is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, current information about cancer.
Steve Dunn's Cancer Guide
Developed by a cancer survivor, this carefully indexed site leads to home pages for many different types of cancer. Other useful resources, including "Pros and Cons of Researching Your Cancer," are included.
Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
ACOR is an online lifeline for everyone affected by cancer and related disorders. The ACOR Web site features e-mail discussion lists for many types of cancer and cancer topics, as well as live Internet chat rooms.


100 Questions & Answers about Lung Cancer. Parles K. and Schiller J. 2006.
Choices. Morra M. 2003.
Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy. Dollinger M. 2002.
Informed Decisions. Eyre HJ. ed. 2002.
Lung Cancer: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at

Journal Articles

"Can Lung Cancer Screening Save Lives?" Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 19(2):7. April 2007.
"Gene Therapy for Lung Cancer." Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 99(1):1-23. Toloza EM. 2006.
"Lung Cancer Screening in Women." Harvard Women's Health Watch. 14(7):1-2. March 2007.
"Lung Cancer Risk Prediction: A Tool for Early Detection." International Journal of Cancer. 120(1):1-6. Cassidy A. 2006.
"Lung Cancer Screening." The Oncologist. 11(5):481-487. Ganti AK. 2006.
"New Developments in Chemotherapy for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer." Current Opinion in Oncology.
Raez LE. 18(2):156-161. 2006.
"One Hundred Years of Lung Cancer." American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine. 172(5):523-529. Spiro SG. 2005.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.