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Lung Cancer

  • What is Lung Cancer?

    Lung cancer is an abnormal growth in the tissues of the lung. When a person breathes in, air goes down the trachea (windpipe) and into the lungs, where it spreads through tubes called bronchi (air passages). Most lung cancers begin in the cells that line these tubes.

    There are 2 main types of lung cancer:

    • Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer.
    • Small cell lung cancer is less common, but spreads quickly to other parts of the body through the blood.
  • The main cause of lung cancer is tobacco smoke (cigarettes, pipes, or cigars), although not everyone who smokes will get lung cancer. Harmful substances in smoke damage the lung cells. Inhaling ‘second-hand’ smoke from people smoking nearby can also cause lung cancer in some people who do not smoke.

    You may also be at risk for lung cancer if you:

    • Are older than 40 years – most people are older than 65 years when they are diagnosed with lung cancer
    • Have contact with some substances like radon (a radioactive gas), asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel and air pollution
    • Have family members who have had lung cancer
  • Early lung cancer often does not cause symptoms. As the cancer grows, you may experience the following symptoms:

    • A cough that worsens or does not go away
    • A hoarse voice
    • Breathing troubles eg. short of breath
    • Constant chest pain
    • Coughing up blood
    • Chronic tiredness
    • Frequent lung infections, eg. pneumonia
    • Weight loss without a cause

    Other health problems can also cause these symptoms, but you should see your doctor if you experience these symptoms.

  • There are 4 main treatments for lung cancer:

    • Chemotherapy to shrink or destroy the cancer
    • Radiation therapy (high-energy x-rays) to destroy the cancer cells
    • Surgery to remove the tumour and some lymph nodes (glands)
    • Targeted therapy to block the growth and spread of cancer cells
  • Our Specialists

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    • Alvin Ng Choon Yong

      Specialty:
      Internal Medicine
      Respiratory Medicine
      Sub-specialty:
      Intensive Care Medicine

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      Clinic:
      The Respiratory Practice
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #11-13/14/15
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68350035
    • Amy Elaine Lyn-Hwa Stebbings

      Specialty:
      Respiratory Medicine
      Sub-specialty:
      Intensive Care Medicine

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      Clinic:
      The Chest and Internal Medicine Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-25
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 4333
    • Ang Cher Siang Peter

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Women’S Cancer Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-22/23
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6252 5325
      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 5201
    • Ang Peng Tiam

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth, Level 2 Mount Elizabeth Hospital
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67370733
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre (MNH L5)
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522
    • Au Siew Cheng Elizabeth

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Elizabeth Au Oncology
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #11-01
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67374588
    • Chan Boon Yeow Daniel

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Icon Soc Novena Medical Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-24/2
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6266 2273
      Clinic:
      Icon Soc Mount Elizabeth Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-03/04
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6737 8000
    • Chan Kenneth Ping Wah

      Specialty:
      Respiratory Medicine
      Sub-specialty:
      Intensive Care Medicine

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      Clinic:
      Respiratory Medical Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #04-33
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      67344788
    • Chan Tiong Beng

      Specialty:
      Respiratory Medicine
      Sub-specialty:
      Intensive Care Medicine

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      Clinic:
      Cough & Chest Specialist Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-02
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67387000
    • Cheong Tuck Hong

      Specialty:
      Respiratory Medicine
      Sub-specialty:
      Intensive Care Medicine

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      Clinic:
      Cheong Chest & Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #10-08
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67343808
    • Chew Huck Chin

      Specialty:
      Respiratory Medicine

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      Clinic:
      Respiratory Medical Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #04-33
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      67344788

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