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Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Representing Clients Diagnosed with Mesothelioma Nationwide

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, which are:

  • 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!