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Lung cancer in young adults

Young adult cancer survivors: charlotte’s story

Lung cancer in young people, particularly non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is a hot topic. It was made even more so by the recent publication in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) of a report that looked at over 2,000 NSCLC patients of all ages and came up with two main conclusions: The first is that targetable mutations are more common in younger patients (under 40 years old). Second, they have a lower mortality rate than older patients, with the exception of those over 70 years old.
Young people are rarely diagnosed with lung cancer; just 4% (81) of the patients in this study were under the age of 40. The small number of young patients in this retrospective study obviously necessitates broader studies to ensure that the results are more reliable (statistically significant). Even with these limitations in mind, the findings are intriguing and possibly troubling. The percentages of patients with the indicated mutations in their tumors, stratified by age, are shown in the table below (young versus all).

Young mom learns she has stage iv lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death around the world. Although lung cancer affects the majority of people over the age of 50, it also affects a significant number of people under the age of 50. Lung cancer in younger patients appears to have distinct characteristics, according to studies, especially in terms of patient gender, smoking status, and tumor morphology (1-4).
Lung cancer rates are rising in women, according to national and international data, while men’s rates are declining. This pattern appears to be repeated in younger patients, according to the data (5,6). Although the exact mechanism is unclear, this raises critical concerns about gender-specific lung cancer risk factors, which may have significant consequences for risk stratification and screening. Furthermore, younger patients, regardless of gender, have higher rates of adenocarcinoma, which has significant treatment implications (1-4). In light of recent developments in lung cancer molecular diagnostics and therapies, more patients are seeking lung cancer-specific care, and therapeutic options are widening. This opens up fascinating possibilities for testing such treatments in a younger population. The aim of this single-center retrospective analysis was to identify the characteristics of lung cancer in patients aged 55 and under in an Irish population.

Life with lung cancer: a patient’s story

The Portuguese Society of Pulmonology (Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia/SPP) publishes Pulmonology (previously Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia). The journal publishes six issues each year, with a focus on adult respiratory diseases and clinical research. Initial peer-reviewed publications, review articles, editorials, and opinion articles are all examples of this type of work. The journal is published in English and is freely accessible via its website, as well as through Medline and other databases.

Young woman grapples with lung cancer diagnosis

The majority of cancer diagnoses come as a shock. This is particularly true for twenties and thirties-aged young adults. It’s natural to feel invincible at this age and believe that severe illnesses like cancer only affect the elderly. Furthermore, young people are often misdiagnosed due to the belief that cancer is a disorder that only affects the elderly.
Most people concentrate on their schooling, job, dating, and starting a family while they are young adults. As a young adult with cancer, however, you may feel as if your life has been turned upside down. There may be new questions, such as where to find the best medical services or how to pay for treatment-related expenses.
Although there will be a time of transition during which you will put off achieving goals relevant to your life plan, a cancer diagnosis does not have to prevent you from living a full life. This booklet provides useful advice and encouragement on how to deal with all of the shifts, problems, and adjustments that come with cancer, as well as information on where to get help.