What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

Different. Non small cell lung cancer mainstay of therapy is surgical resection for appropiate lesions. 5yr survival for stage i nsclc after surgical resection is about 70%, stage ii about 30%. Chronic lung disease is emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, obviously a totally different diagnosis. Patients may develop lung cancer with or without chronic lung disease but more common in smokers.
A lot! Stop smoking with either! copd or emphysema is a preventable medical, benign - non-malignant situation.It can be very limiting but non surgical in general. Cancer is malignant, may require surgery to diagnose or treat and/ or chemo/ radiation to stabilize.

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What is difference between lung disease and lung cancer?

Several. Pneumonia copd emphysema other infections pneumothorax are all lung disease. Cancer is malignant growth of some cell type squamous adeno small cell etc. Read more...

Does chronic lung disease mean cancer?

NO. Chronic lung disease can take several forms. The most common is COPD or emphysema. The most common risk factor for emphysema, smoking, is the same as the most common risk factor for lung cancer. Read more...
No. Although many smokers have chronic lung disease and are at risk for lung cancer, they are two separate disease processes. Read more...

Could an X-ray of broken ribs also show up early lung diseases such as lung cancer?

X ray . Ct scan will most likely pick up cancer. Chest x ray may show a large tumor. Read more...
Possible. Most will, get pa and lateral and rib detail as a series. That can define other lesions. Some tumors are small enough to be missed on plain x-rays and picked up on ct scan. Read more...