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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a malignant tumor of the lungs. The most common types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Most lung cancers (about 87 percent) are non-small cell lung cancers. Small cell lung cancer tends to spread more quickly. The American Cancer Society ranks lung cancer as the second most common cancer in both men and women, accounting for about 15 per cent of all new cancers.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Lung Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. The links at this website are trusted sources of medical information and some of the information is available in other languages.

Cancer.gov: Lung Cancer
Accurate, current information from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Look here for information on types of lung cancer, diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, and research.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to fighting cancer with sections on education, support and treatment, and research. This site has many resources available to patients, families, and caregivers.

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Contains information about the many services offered by Northwestern’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of thirteen founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


  • Everything you need to know about cancer in language you can actually understand. Galsky M. 2010.
  • What to eat during cancer treatment: 100 great-tasting, family-friendly recipes to help you cope. Besser J. 2009.
  • Your brain after chemo: a practical guide to lifting the fog and getting back your focus. Silverman D and Davidson I. 2009.
  • 100 questions & answers about lung cancer. Parles K. and Schiller J. 2003.
  • Lung Cancer: Gale encyclopedia of cancer 2. v. 2:692-701. Longe J. Ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library.

Journal Articles

  • “Updates in non-small cell lung cancer—insights from the 2009 45th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.” Journal of Hematology & Oncology. 3:18. 2010.
  • "Concurrent chemoradiotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 6:CD002140. 2010.
  • “Bone cancer pain.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Jimenez-Andrade JM. 1198:173-81. June 2010.
  • “Treatment options for small cell lung cancer – do we have more choice?" British Journal of Cancer. Puglisi M. 102(4):629-38. February 2010.


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Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Alberto Culver Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312.926.4282.

Lung Cancer Alliance
The Lung Cancer Alliance Web site provides information, peer support, and links to resources for people living with, or at risk for, lung cancer.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateNovember 2, 2012