Lung cancer is a cancer that starts in the lungs and is malignant. The lungs are located in the chest as two spongy organs that swallow oxygen when a person inhales and let out carbon dioxide when that person exhales. The disease kills many people every year, more than do breast, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancers together. It represents the most common cause of death by cancer in men and the third most common in women.
Lung cancer (or carcinoma of the lung) is a malignant form of cancer. Smoking tobacco products is the leading cause, which leads to irritation of the mucus membrane in the bronchial tubes. Long term irritation can lead to the degeneration of the bronchial cells. Exposure to asbestos as well as genetic factors can also aid the development of lung cancer, but these are much more rare. There are various kinds of lung cancer, but the most common are squamos-cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. An especially aggressive form of lung cancer is small-cell lung carcinoma, which spreads to other organs early on (metastasis) and grows quickly. Depending on its spread and if it has affected the lymph nodes, lung cancer is divided into different stages of development, which determines the corresponding treatment.
Mostly men, but increasingly women of advanced age, are affected by lung cancer. Few symptoms show in the early stage, but the patient may experience coughing, shortness of breath, or feel chest pain. Coughing blood, damage to the nervous system, accumulation of fluids in the lungs (pulmonary edema), and joint pain (via bone metastasis) are symptoms that occur in the advanced stage.
Depending on the extent of the disease, patients may be able to recover in the early stages and have all of the tumor removed. The rate of recovery in the advanced stages are poor. Crucial factors to treatment and prognosis include the exact type of cancer, how far it has spread, and the general state of the patient’s health. Chemotherapy or radiation are used against advanced stages of lung carcinoma.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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