Understanding lung cancer [Infographic]
Too often, the follow-up question to learning a person has been diagnosed with lung cancer is, "Does he or she smoke?" In fact, anyone can get lung cancer whether they are young or old, male or female, have smoked in the past, smoke now or have never smoked at all.
Doctors used to think of lung cancer as one disease, but now know there are different types. By testing tumor samples, doctors can learn a tumor’s molecular profile or genetic makeup. This information can help tailor treatment plans for certain patients.
"By knowing the specific type of genetic mutation in my cancer cells, my doctor was able to prescribe an appropriate treatment for my cancer," said 43-year-old lung cancer patient Jill Feldman. "Despite the sobering statistics associated with this disease, the advances in molecular testing and potential new therapies keep me inspired and motivated as I look toward the future."
Learn more about lung cancer and how molecular testing is changing the treatment of the disease.