Everything to be known About Lung Cancer

Medical experts continue to share information on early detection and ways to find a cure for cancer in the hope of finding one. Statistics of lung cancer in the Philippines show that lung cancer was the second-leading cause of death in the country as of 2020. The highest risk group of which is those who smoke. The disease primarily affects older adults but is rare among younger people regardless of whether they are smokers. 

People diagnosed with lung cancer in the Philippines undergo common treatments like surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and supportive care. These treatments are administered depending on the cancer stage, the patient’s overall health, cancer mutation, size, and position in the body.

Cost of lung cancer screening and treatment in the Philippines

Most times, lung cancer screening costs vary among hospitals that offer them. The kind of test also determines how much the price will be. The same is true regarding cancer treatments and procedures ranging from thousands to millions of pesos.

Financially burdened patients and their families can get financial aid from government institutions. PhilHealth, PCSO, DOH medical assistance, local government units, and HMOs have health packages that serve as discounts in hospitals. This is an enormous way to alleviate the burden of paying for the treatments.

Signs and symptoms of lung carcinoma

Lung cancer can be difficult because many patients don’t experience any symptoms or signs until it is advanced. If you observe symptoms, such as fatigue, chest pain, coughing up blood (rust-colored phlegm), shortness or no breath, weight loss, wheezing, and loss of appetite.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean someone has lung cancer. It is recommended that anyone who has these symptoms see a doctor to ensure the proper assessment.

This infographic from Hope from Within provides more information on lung cancer and how to access better health care in the Philippines.

Everything to be known About Lung Cancer