Lung cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of lung cancer and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is abnormal cell growth in one or both of a person’s lungs. The lungs are made up of different cells types. This results in there being different types of lung cancer. Most of these types can be grouped into the more common non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, and the less common small cell lung cancer, or SCLC. Lung cancer is often diagnosed by a biopsy through the skin into the tumour, or through a procedure known as a bronchoscopy. This is when a flexible tube is inserted into a person’s lungs and a tissue sample taken. This sample is looked at under a microscope for signs of cancer.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 

  • Chest pain
  • Spitting or coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Tiredness
  • Pneumonia or bronchitis that either can’t be cured or keeps returning
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Appetite loss
This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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