November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Be sure to check out our series of Lung Cancer videos. Our videos will help you learn how lung cancer is formed, the four different stages of lung cancer, new advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques used to treat lung cancer, and what to expect after a lobectomy surgery.
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, which means that many people have been touched by the disease—either as a patient or as a friend or loved one of someone with a lung cancer diagnosis. While we often hear talk of lung disease, it’s important to understand the physiology of the lungs and the presentation of the disease.
In this whiteboard presentation, Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute offers a helpful primer, including the fact that lung cancer often starts as a spot in the upper part of the lungs, what happens if the cancer metastasizes, and the importance of the stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis.