The best plan of treatment for you will depend on various factors, such as the stage of development of your lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are four general options when it comes to treating the types of lung cancer, including:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
A doctor may advise a combination of these treatment types. The best plan of treatment for you will depend on various factors, such as the stage of development of your lung cancer. Developing the best treatment plan for attacking lung cancer is a very personal thing, and will likely not look exactly like any other person’s treatment plan.
Know the Signs of Lung Cancer and Find the Best Treatment Plan for You
You should be vigilant to possible signs of lung cancer, as receiving medical attention early improves your odds of beating the disease, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Too many lung cancer patients wait to get symptoms checked, and 40 percent of lung cancer diagnoses are issued once the lung cancer has reached advanced stages, according to a study in the Journal of Thoracic Disease pertaining to inoperable stage III non-small cell lung cancer. Know the following symptoms of lung cancer according to Mayo Clinic and seek advice from a doctor if any of them arise:
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- A persistent cough
- Persistent headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Bone pain
- Coughing up blood
Do not ignore these signs if they emerge, as acting quickly could be the difference between life and death.
Radon and Asbestos Can Cause Cancer in Non-Smokers
If you have never or only rarely smoked in your life, you have avoided the primary cause of lung cancer, but you may not be in the clear. Two other causes of lung cancer in non-smokers are asbestos and radon gas, and they are naturally-occurring substances to which you may not know you were exposed.
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Asbestos Is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
Over 125 million people were exposed to asbestos at work in 2005, according to the ACS. Asbestos is linked directly to health conditions such as:
- Mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer for which the only known cause is breathing asbestos
- Other forms of lung cancer
Asbestos is present in as many as 30 million homes in America despite its carcinogenic status, PBS reporting reveals. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that some places where you might find asbestos in a building could include:
- In insulation, which may be in walls, attics, around pipes, and around heat-emitting appliances such as furnaces and stoves
- In heat-resistant fabrics
- In certain textured paints
- In certain roofing materials including shingles
- In vinyl flooring
You could be exposed to asbestos fibers unknowingly. Breathing these fibers may cause scarring in the lungs that could eventually turn lung cells cancerous.
Radon Gas Is the Number One Cause of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
Radon gas taxes the lungs when you breathe it, and can eventually result in fatal lung cancer. Approximately 20,000 lung cancer patients die each year because they were exposed to unsafe levels of radon gas.
Those who may be responsible for testing for radon gas in a given building may include:
- Apartment complex owners
- Building managers
If you develop lung cancer and any of these people, or another person, failed to test for and remove unsafe levels of radon gas, then they may be responsible for your losses resulting from your lung cancer.
A Lawyer Can Help if You Have Lung Cancer
If you believe that somebody else created dangerous circumstances that led to your lung cancer, a lawyer can help you pursue compensation by:
- Filing legal paperwork straight away to ensure that your case falls within the statute of limitations on lawsuits
- Collecting all records that will be necessary at trial or in settlement negotiations, such as evidence of wrongdoing by the defendant in your case, as well as your own medical records
- Taking control of your legal case and seeing it through until you reach a judgment or settlement
- Aiming to prove the fault of the defendant in your case
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
Every case varies in terms of possible awards, but you can have a general idea of potentially covered losses in your case.
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Possible Awards in an Asbestos or Radon Exposure Case
If a jury determines that the defendant is responsible for your losses, or you reach a settlement, you could be awarded compensation to cover:
- Medical bills and treatment costs
- Lost earnings or diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering endured
The circumstances of your case may entitle you to additional financial awards. In a wrongful death claim for a family member who died from preventable cancer, we may be able to fight for:
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral costs
- Lost future income
We may be able to pursue different or further awards, depending on the circumstances of your case.
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