Respiratory cancers are classified as cancer that affects any part of the respiratory system, which includes the lungs, bronchus, and pleura. The cause of respiratory cancer is often attributed to exposure to occupational and environmental carcinogens. One of the major causes of respiratory cancer is cigarette smoking, a large contributor to the high incidence of lung cancer. Other respiratory cancers, such as mesothelioma, can be caused by occupational exposure to asbestos.
We have provided some information on the current practices of physicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with respiratory cancers. We hope you find this information useful as you learn more about respiratory cancer and biomarkers.