Cancer Links

Our collection of lung cancer links is divided roughly into half that are focused solely on small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and half that have information for both SCLC and non-small cell lung cancer.  You might find relevant information in both.  For instance, some of the sites from well known treatment centers, articles about new treatment methods, and facts about the prevalence of cancer in the United States do not differentiate between the two types of lung cancer.  Hopefully with a little browsing you’ll have your questions answered here.

Small Cell Cancer Links

PubMed Health An overview of small cell lung cancer from the National Institutes of Health

National Cancer Institute: A discussion of small cell lung cancer with excellent focus on the pathology of cancer development within the lungs.

eMedicine Article on Small Cell Cancer: This piece was written by several physicians and touches on every category a patient or prospective patient might be interested including treatment, surgery, support groups, exams and tests, etc.

Medline Discussion of Diagnostic Exams:  Here you’ll find information on the many diagnostic tools available to physicians today for small cell lung cancer.  They range from various types of scans to an open lung biopsy and thoracentesis.

CancerCare Information on Treatment:  This site is devoted to all types of cancer but has extensive information on lung cancer, including this article on selecting treatment options for the disease.  Some of the analytical tools used today focus on the molecular cell structure of an individual’s malignant cells – highly personalized.

Treatment for Small Cell Lung Cancer: This chapter from the Lung Cancer Guidebook is written for the layman but takes a medical approach to explaining the treatment process, incorporating pictures and charts.

National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Database: This database is kept by one of the National Institutes of Health.  A recent check showed nearly 150 clinical trials for small cell lung cancer.

SCLC Treatment in Young Patients: This scholarly article written by Japanese medical researchers addresses a case study of an 18 year old patient and goes on to discuss what variables might be in play for treatment of younger patients.

University of CA Thoracic Oncology: The University of California has a large cancer treatment program in San Francisco.  This page from the website provides clear and thorough information on SCLC diagnosis and treatment, including treatment of a relapse.

Neotropix Information on Clinical Trials:  This is the website for a pharmaceutical company that has set out to develop viral products that will combat cancer cells.  One type of cell they have targeted is the oat cell which is the basis for small cell lung cancer.

Treatment Protocols:  This article spells out in detail just how the radiation and chemotherapy is applied for tumors of various sizes, with patients who cannot tolerate chemotherapy and radiation concurrently, etc.

American Cancer Society on Symptoms and Diagnosis: Here is a very detailed article on the symptoms of small cell lung cancer and the diagnostic procedures that a patient is likely to encounter.  Good information on what each exam shows.

AHRQ on Managing Small Cell Lung Cancer:   The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an arm of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, issued this report providing information gleaned from nationwide sources on treatment and survival rates for Small Cell Lung Cancer

MIT Story on New Genetic Discovery:  Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have isolated a gene that appears to play an active role in the progression of small cell lung cancer.  This is a news release from July of 2011.

American Cancer Society: This page is an overview of small cell and non-small cell cancer, but the site has much more to offer about cancer treatment, cancer resources, and clear explanations of how and where lung cancer develops.

Treatment Choices by Stages: Here is another page from the American Cancer Society that spells out the treatment options for limited and extensive small cell lung cancer, the two principal subdivisions for the disease.  It also addresses treatment options in the event of a recurrence.

PCI in Advanced SCLC Cases: This article from the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the efficacy of radiating the cranial area in patients who have extensive or advanced small cell lung cancer.

Small Cell Lung Cancer Chemotherapy: This article addresses treatment possibilities for limited small cell lung cancer including the possibility of prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI).

SCLC Treatment Drug Hycamtin: This medication was approved by the FDA in 2007 for treatment of SCLC patients who are in relapse.  This article explains the medical chemistry that makes it effective.

Stanford Cancer Institute SCLC Treatment:  Stanford University has one of the largest medical centers in the west.  This article addresses the various treatment options for SCLC available there, which include seven different technologies for radiation treatment.

PCI Treatment for SCLC: This article taken from The Oncologist journal addresses the use of prophylactic cranial irradiation, a standard treatment for small cell lung cancer because the disease tends to migrate to the cranial cavity.

General Lung Cancer Links

Visual Guide to Lung Cancer: This page on the WebMD site provides 21 clear and informative slides that illustrate the development of lung cancer in its various forms.

American Lung Association: Here the organization presents an overview of lung cancer, touching on a number of subjects that you won’t find on most lung cancer related websites.  There are sections on prescription assistance, complementary & alternative therapies, and new treatments such as stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT).

Lungevity is the website for a nonprofit organization involved in cancer research and patient support.  The site offers a social networking function and a caregiver resource center.

Cancer News: This website aggregates news stories on cancer, a field that generates a fair amount of news because so much research is being done.

American Society of Clinical Oncology has developed a website for patient and family information.  It is extremely thorough and written so that the layman can understand it.  There are sections on each type of cancer, survivorship, and a section called “All About Cancer” that gets into clinical trials, managing medical costs, and several other relevant topics.

CancerCare is a nonprofit support organization for cancer patients and their families.  Professional resources include networking, consultation on financial issues, educational programs and several others designed to prepare cancer patients and their families for the treatment path.

International Early Lung Cancer Action Program   is an organization that is dedicated to helping people catch lung cancer in its early stages.  There is a program for lung cancer screening and a section on what their research has shown on the value of early screening.

Centers for Disease Control is a large federal organization that focuses on many diseases, but is particularly active in the area of lung cancer because it is the number one cause of cancer fatalities.  Their site has extensive statistical information and stories about overall trends in lung cancer among various segments of the population.

Caring Ambassadors is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to families dealing with lung cancer and to others who are confronting hepatitis C.  The website is a good amalgamation of information on treatment, living with lung cancer, and finding care.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of the top cancer treatment centers in the United States, located in New York City, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Long Island.  We list their website here because it’s a good resource for learning about state-of-the-art cancer care, clinical trials, and how to find a cancer expert.  There is also a section for survivors.

Lung Cancer and Agent Orange:  Here is a page out of the VA website that addresses respiratory cancers and their relationship to herbicides used in Vietnam.

Lung Cancer Treatment for the Elderly: The median age for diagnosis of lung cancer is 68 years.   This article from Cancer News addresses the age related concerns for multiple treatment options and various levels of lung cancer.
Cancer Treatment Library is in fact a series of pages on the National Cancer Institute’s website that discusses national treatment centers, types of treatment, drug information, and a ten-step guide to finding a cancer specialist.

Chest Journal: If you are interested in medical research information written by researchers for medical professionals this peer journal is an excellent resource for lung cancer information.  Some articles are free, some you will have to pay for a membership in order to access.

Cancer Care for Veterans: The Veteran’s Administration website is not very user friendly but with persistence, you’ll learn that along with their investments in care centers for war wounds there has been an effort to upgrade lung cancer treatment at selected centers.

Cancer Survival Rates: This page in the Mayo Clinic website addresses the meaning of cancer survival statistics; what those figures can mean for individual patients and what information they don’t convey.

Radiation Treatment Options: This article from a site developed by the American College of Radiology goes into detail about the use of radiation for treatment of lung cancer, both small cell and non-small cell.

Lung Cancer Symptoms, Signs and Stages: In this article written by two physicians there is a review of not only symptoms and stages, but many of the steps in the treatment phase including finding an oncologist near you.

Chemotherapy Effective in Elderly Patients: This article published by the National Cancer Institute cites a French study showing substantial improvement in treatment results for older patients when a combination of chemotherapy drugs is used.

Lung Cancer Statistics: Here is a compilation of statistics on lung cancer in the United States produced by the Centers for Disease Control.