Lung Cancer, 2nd Edition

About the Course
Lung cancer is leading cause of cancer in both men and women globally, accounting for 140,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. One in 16 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime. Lung cancer kills almost three times as many men as prostate cancer and three times as many women as breast cancer. Over half a million of Americans have been diagnosed with lung cancer during sometime in their life (American Cancer Society (ACS), 2020). Although several genetic and epigenetic risk factors can contribute to the development of lung cancer, smoking tobacco products causes an estimated 80% of lung cancer deaths. Occupational hazards such as asbestos and environmental exposures such as air pollution, arsenic, and HIV and Tb infection have all been implicated in lung carcinogenesis, while cannabis smoking, electronic cigarettes, heated tobacco products, and COVID-19 have been hypothesized to increase risk (McDowell, 2020). Knowledge of current known risk factors aids in prevention and early detection of primary tumors, which are the most effective ways of reducing mortality rates. Early screening, along with quick detection of high-risk individuals (current or previous tobacco smokers), can reduce death by 20%. However, only about six percent of high-risk individuals take advantage of early screening procedures (American Lung Association (ALA), 2022).

Learning Objectives 
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the epidemiological trends for lung cancer in the U.S.
  • Identify risk factors associated with lung cancer development
  • Describe the development and clinical manifestations and components of diagnostic evaluation for lung cancer
  • Discuss the current treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and management strategies to alleviate the common symptoms of lung cancer
  • Identify measures to provide psychosocial support to the patient and family and promote lung cancer prevention
About the Author
Kenneth Miller MSRT, MEd, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARS
Is the clinical educator of respiratory care service at Lehigh Valley Health Network.  Ken has been a respiratory therapist for forty-eight years. His areas of expertise include adult critical care respiratory management of patients who require invasive and non-invasive ventilation.  He has presented lecture at the local, regional, and national levels.  He has authored many peer journals articles and has been involved in respiratory clinical trials.  He was awarded the FAARC in 2015.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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