Emergency Care for Lung Cancer Patients

Although it has been noted that 65% of people who are affected by Lung cancer want to die at home, but it has also been witnessed that only about 35% are successful in doing so.

Hence developing an emergency care which is also known as palliative care is essential for realizing the expectations of the dying people.

Taking about Lung Cancer, which is one of the most common forms of cancer related deaths found all across the globe is strongly correlated with cigarette smoking.  It has been seen around 90% of Lung Cancer causes are associated with tobacco use. Although Pipe and Cigar can also cause Lung Cancer, but the risks involved with them are not as high as it is with cigarettes.

Commonly termed as “Pack-years-of-smoking-history” by the members of the medical fraternity, which implies the quantity of packs of cigarettes smoked every day multiplied by the sum of years smoked, it has been observed that those whose who have 30 pack-year history have the greatest risk for developing Lung Cancer in their lifetime.

Although there are more than 4000 chemical compounds in tobacco smoke of which many have been shown to be carcinogenic, the two primary cancer causing carcinogens in tobacco smoke are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrosamines.

Who has not heard of the famous fictional character Walter White, the protagonist of the much acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad,also known by his clandestine alias Heisenberg portrayed by the famous artist Bryan Cranston, who has lived and died with lung cancer symptoms, and foresaw his life as “ugly [with no] redemption”.

It has been typically recorded by triage nurse or clerical staffs in an Emergency Department of hospitals that Lung Cancer patients often get admitted for Lung Cancer treatment under Emergency Care owing to poorly controlled warning signs which includes respiratory distress, nausea or vomiting and pain.

Although some of these aforesaid signs may signal an acute commencement of a problem, but it is also very much more likely that they represent failure to manage common problems experienced by the patient during their regular cancer care, which may lead to ED visits and hospitalization.

While more research is needed to explore this topic with individual patient data across healthcare institutions all across the globe and over the course of a patient’s ailment, efforts directed at significant clinical problems in cancer population are nowadays exploring “One Click Call to Hospitals” through their mobile apps, for experiencing the new-age approach that is revolutionizing the way healthcare is delivered to their homes.

In India among all new cancer cases, Lung cancer constitutes 6.9 % and 9.3% of all cancer related deaths in the country. The time trend of lung cancer, which has shown a significant rise in major metropolitan cities like Chennai, Delhi and Bengaluru as cited in a recent article published by Indian J Med Res in 2015, is indeed a big area of growing concern for us all.

So if you are affected with a long standing cough that has not got relieved despite treatment for more than a month, this should be a reason enough for any one of us to undergo tests which relate to the identification of this deadly disease.