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Mesothelioma is often referred to as a form of lung cancer, which is the most frequently
occurring type of fatal cancer. The most common type of malignant mesothelioma,
pleural mesothelioma, is, in fact, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. However,
mesothelioma is technically not a lung cancer. Similar to mesothelioma,
many types of lung cancer can be caused by
asbestos exposure. While approximately 90 percent of lung cancer cases are the result of
smoking, smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are at least 50 times
more likely to develop lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is different from regular lung cancer. Call (877) 958-7920
to consult with a mesothelioma attorney about the differences and how
you can take legal action.
Types of Lung Cancer
Cancers are generally classified as either primary or secondary based on
the location in the body where the disease originated. Primary lung cancer
refers to cancer that originated in the lung tissue, while secondary lung
cancer refers to cancer that spread to the lungs from other parts of the body.
Primary Lung Cancer
Primary lung cancer is usually a result of smoking, though it can also
be the result of exposure to toxic materials (such as asbestos) or by
genetic predisposition. It is made up of two types: small cell cancer
and non-small cell cancer. Of the two types, the small cell type is less
common, accounting for slightly fewer than 20 percent of lung cancer cases.
Small Cell Lung Cancer
Small cell primary lung cancer is almost exclusively associated with smoking.
This type of cancer spreads at a very rapid pace, making chemotherapy
the preferred form of treatment for patients. Small cell lung cancer commonly
develops in larger airways, such as the bronchial tubes, and becomes a
larger tumor quite rapidly. Treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy
can often prove effective in dealing with small cell lung cancer.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of the disease, comprising
over 80 percent of lung cancer cases.
Non-small cell lung cancer is divided into three different categories,
Adenocarcinoma: The most common type of lung cancer and is diagnosed in 40% of all lung
cancer patients. It forms from the mucus-producing glandular secretion
tissues and is generally found in the outer airway passages of the lungs.
Large Cell Carcinoma: This type gets its name from the appearance of the cells comprising its
tumors. Under a microscope, large cell lung cancer looks unnaturally outsized.
Also called anaplastic cells, these cancer cells have lost all differentiating
characteristics from other cells. There are several types of large cell
lung cancers. Large cell types are grouped by cell characteristics, the
patient’s prognosis, and the available forms of treatment.
Squamous Cell Lung Cancer: Accounts for just under 30% of lung cancer cases. Squamous cells are
thin and flat and can be located in tissue just below the surface of the
skin, the inside layers of the body’s hollow organs, and the channels
of the digestive and respiratory systems. In the cases of lung cancer,
squamous cell carcinomas are generally found growing in the bronchial
areas, located in the center of the lungs.
Secondary Lung Cancer
Secondary lung cancer, like all other secondary cancers, is caused by the
movement, or metastasis, of cancer cells to sites beyond the primary location.
Metastasis generally occurs through the movement of malignant cancer cells
through either the bloodstream or the lymph nodes. Lung cancer can be
secondary pleural mesothelioma by the spread of cancer cells migrating
from the outer lining of the lung to the inside of the lung itself. Cancers
that have metastasized are generally unable to be cured by surgical procedures,
and instead must be combated by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
We Know the Rights of Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Victims
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer that was possibly
caused by asbestos exposure, it is important for you to contact an asbestos
cancer lawyer at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Many individuals have
filed asbestos liability claims against manufacturers of the fibers and
received the justice and compensation that they were entitled to.
Call (877) 958-7920 to stand up against companies using asbestos and
prevent further instances of this disease!