According to the American Cancer Society, the second most common form of cancer — and the leading cause of death due to cancer — is lung cancer. The society estimates that in 2018, there were 234,030 new cases of lung cancer, and 154,050 deaths.
Unfortunately, lung cancer rarely displays any symptoms at its early stages. This is one of the reasons it is so deadly: by the time it is diagnosed, it is usually too late to treat successfully. As with all cancers, the earlier it is diagnosed the better the chances for a positive outcome.
The most common type of lung cancer is s non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). There are eight common symptoms of NSCLC:
- A cough that last longer than three weeks
- Coughing up blood
- Constant wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Pain when breathing or coughing
- Chest pain
- Changes in one’s voice, especially becoming hoarse
- Frequent lung infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
The second most common form of lung cancer is known as small cell lung cancer (SCLC). This type of cancer usually develops near the central airways of the lungs, and often spreads to the brain. There are four common symptoms of SCLC:
- Frequent headaches
- Changes in vision
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Changes in behavior
Another symptom that is not specifically associated with lung cancer, but strongly associated with cancer in general, is unexplained weight loss.
We should be aware of — and take seriously — any change in our health, even something as simple as a stubborn cough. And we should not hesitate to see a healthcare professional to check out the reasons for those changes.
At Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Keansburg, NJ, our residents receive the highest quality rehabilitative and skilled nursing care in a homelike and compassionate environment conducive to healing.
Our family -owned and -operated 123-bed facility, is tucked away in the quiet beach town of Keansburg, NJ at the Jersey Shore, within sight of Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline.
Our services include short-term rehab, long-term care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, hospice care, and respite care for those times when the caretaker needs to be taken care of.
We proudly provide the following specialty healthcare services: Complex Medical Care Management, Intravenous (IV) Therapy, Wound Care, Enteral Feeding, Pain Management, Oxygen Therapy, Tracheostomy Care, a Dedicated Pulmonary Program, Hospice Care with private suites, a Stroke Rehab Program, Respiratory Support, Eye Care, Dental Care, Podiatrist, Psychological Consults and Counseling.
We pride ourselves on healing the entire patient through a holistic and individualized approach.
Our meticulous care planning helps us ensure that each and every resident receives the best in clinical care, support and unconditional love.
For over 25 years, we have been a staple of health and wellness, serving the members of our community and partnering with our local hospitals like Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ.
We provide a tailored program of physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as all types of specialized care under one roof.
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