Lung cancer ranks second among the top ten most common cancers in Hong Kong and is the leading cause of cancer death in women and men. According to the latest statistics published by Hong Kong Cancer Registry, there are 5,000 new cases of lung cancer every year with over 3,000 deaths. Because lung cancer symptoms are not obvious in the early stages and many patients dismiss the symptoms as being flu-like, almost half of all lung cancers are diagnosed in the advanced stages, having already passed the golden period for treatment. Worse still, in about 20% of lung cancer patients it is found that their cancer cells have spread to the brain.
Fortunately, over the past 20 years, with the rapid development of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, lung cancer treatment has become much more diversified and has raised the prospect of full recovery for lung cancer patients. The latest information about lung cancer treatment and an overview of services follows below, which includes an FAQ section that covers patients queries regarding diagnosis to treatment, types of treatment, cancer stages, the symptoms and the survival rates.