Pulmonary lymphoma is a very rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphatic cancer that can develop in one or both lungs, but has not spread to other organs and tissue outside of the lungs. While most cases of pulmonary lymphoma are typically diagnosed as low-grade B cell tumors, an estimated 20 percent of cases are typically found to be aggressive high grade tumors, usually found in patients with already compromised immune systems (such as with HIV infection).
Primary pulmonary lymphoma (originates in the lung) only accounts for roughly half of a percent of all lung cancers, as well as non-Hodgkins lymphoma diagnoses. Pulmonary lymphoma can sometimes be misdiagnosed, as the typical symptoms can be associated with a range of other conditions. The typical symptoms are:
- Respiratory issues
- Unexplained weight loss
For rare forms of cancer like pulmonary lymphoma, the most effective forms of treatment for the disease are still up for debate. Some patients are treated with chemotherapy, and the medical jury is still out on whether surgery is an effective treatment option for patients.
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Unlike pulmonary lymphoma, lung caner is the most common form of cancer for both men and women, and the leading cause of cancer deaths for both sexes. The majority of cases of lung cancer in both men and women – an estimated four out of five – are a direct result of cigarette smoking.
The majority of cancerous tumors originate in the bronchi, the branch-like main passageways into the lungs. There are over 20 types of primary lung cancer (tumors that originate in the lungs, as opposed to those that have spread (metastasized) from other organs or tissue).
The majority of lung cancer diagnoses are typically small-cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Tumors are not necessarily always consist, and many patients can be diagnosed with different types of tumors in one or both lungs.
Non-small cell lung cancer tends to be the most common form, and can be categorized as squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, large-cell carcinoma.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
While squamous cell carcinoma can account for as many as 30% of lung cancer diagnoses each year, it tends to be slow growing and in many cases does not spread (metastasize) outside of the lungs. When detected early it tends to be the most curable form of lung cancer, and can often be diagnosed in the earlier stages through tests of mucus samples. Squamous cell carcinoma is most commonly diagnosed in men, and in smokers.
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