NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

9 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Lung Cancer – Non-Small Cell, 2018 1 Lung cancer basics A disease of cells Figure 2 Lymph vessels and nodes Throughout your body, including your lungs, is a network of vessels that transport lymph to the bloodstream. Lymph is a clear fluid that contains germ-fighting blood cells. As lymph travels in vessels, it passes through lymph nodes, which remove germs from lymph. Illustration Copyright © 2017 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com Figure 1 The airways and lungs Oxygen enters your body though a series of airways that include the windpipe (trachea), bronchi, and bronchioli. Inside your lungs, oxygen is transferred into the bloodstream in the alveoli. Carbon dioxide is transferred out of the bloodstream in the alveoli and exits your body through your airways. Illustration Copyright © 2017 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com

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