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My father was diagnosed with lung cancer NSCLC. He had surgery 18 months ago. It is stage 1B. How can you tell if it's radon related.

He had exposure to radon I believe in recent four years. Doctor said it was not smoking related cancer.

The type is Adenocarcinoma. Anyone has any information on this?

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First off I am glad you found us. THis is a long and Bumpy road. Surgery and Chemo are tough to deal with on own and need lots of support. You And Dad found the most compassionate knowledgeable and supportive groups I know of.Click on My profile at top of screenand you can pput Med Info in big box so you will not have to redo each post. Treatments Tests Meds and all med info in My profile.

Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of Lung Cancer There fore it is the most commonly researched type of Cancer There is Small Cell And Non-small Cell Cancer. Adeno is NSCLC. Lots of chemo options are available and more being researched. When your onc decides course of action Let us know what it is and We will start from there.

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http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/conte ... r_Risk.asp

http://www.epa.gov/radon/

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Sometimes lay-people refer to Non Small Cell LC (NSCLC) as the "non smoking" related cancer and Small Cell LC (SCLC) as the "smokers" cancer.

The fact is, there are differet types of each and both non smokers and smokers fall into all catagories.

I am pretty certain that cancerous tissue has to be tested specifically to be able to tell what the cause (if able to be determined) of the cancer is, at least in my experience. Sometimes they can rule things out, but they still won't be able to tell why.

If no testing/pathology is done, then there is a type of "educated deduction" (attorneys do this) that -

For someone who never smoked, then one can solely consider environment and genetics.

If someone smoked, but quit a significant amount of time ago, then depending on the LC, smoking becomes a smaller factor, but not necessarily the only or main cause because there could be environmental exposures to carcenogens.

Also, if someone does have a current smoking history, their environment is still considered. If you have a substancial work history around asbestos or radon, then those percentages of that being a contributing cause rises.

There is also a statistic somewhere that says lung cancer develops at a higher percent for smokers who have been exposed to asbestos and/or radon.

Like I mentioned, further testing has to be done to rule things in or out if you are trying to look for a definitive cause.

My dad had SCLC, which statistically states is a 90% "smokers" lung cancer, however, his pathology of his tissue proved asbestos exposure over a 40 year work history. Had be been a smoker and not exposed to these carcenogens for so long, he may not have gotten LC at all, or he may have developed a completely different type of lung cancer.

I know that was probably way too much info, but maybe it will help. There's simply not an easy way to know exactly how or "why" someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, and in many cases there is no how or "why".

There is just right now.

I'm glad your dad is a survivor!

Good luck.

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yes, I know there are pathologist and experts who test the tissues at autopsy that can determine if there was significant exposure to cancer causing asbestos or radon. (from my wrongful death case experiences)

Doesn't apply to any of US here though!

So many times it's all about educated deductions about a persons health history, work history, smoking history, and environmental exposure.

Most times, there's simply no way to know and no known "lc factors" and there is just no way to pinpoint the "how", instead it's more like "now what?" can we do to survive!

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Testing can determine the cause of one's LC? Didnt know that.

That's only partially true, as Katie said. For example, adenocarcinoma is less strongly associated with smoking than other cell types, but there is plenty of evidence that smoking is associated with virtually all types of lung (and other) cancers. The testing you refer to is histology, where a pathologist examines the cancer cells microscopically and determines specifics about the nature of the cells, such as their appearance and chemical characteristics. This testing is what happens when a biopsy is taken. However, histology is an imperfect science and sorting out which carcinogen caused the disease when someone has been exposed to multiple carcinogens is an educated guess at best. Since the bulk of the research strongly implicates smoking and secondhand smoke, that is the usual conclusion when there is more than one carcinogen in a person's history.

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