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Lung Cancer

If you develop lung cancer, you’re not alone. Each year, more Americans receive a diagnosis of lung cancer than almost any other cancer. Choose Adventist HealthCare for experienced lung specialists, experts in cancer diagnosis and treatment, and a compassionate thoracic (chest) cancer nurse navigator who guides you throughout your medical journey.

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Our Tobacco Cessation Program provides one-on-one counseling over the phone, FREE nicotine replacement therapy, follow up support and more!

Lung Cancer Risk Factors

You face a higher risk of lung cancer if you:

  • Smoke
  • Breathe second-hand smoke
  • Are exposed to substances found in some homes or workplaces
  • Asbestos
  • Arsenic
  • Diesel exhaust
  • Radon
  • Received radiation therapy to your chest
  • Have a family history of lung cancer

Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screenings

You may experience no symptoms in the initial stages of lung cancer, so a screening is the most effective way to catch the disease early—when treatment works best. If you smoke or used to smoke heavily, you may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening, the most powerful detection tool available. Find out whether you meet the criteria for the lung cancer screening, which minimizes your radiation exposure. Then, call 240-826-6297 to learn about upcoming screening dates at Adventist HealthCare.

Lung Cancer Symptoms & Diagnosis

Talk to your doctor at Adventist HealthCare if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Frequent coughing
  • A change in the color or amount of mucus you expel
  • Pain in your chest, shoulder or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Unusual sounds as you breathe in
  • Recurring bronchitis, pneumonia or other lung conditions
  • Coughing up blood in mucus

Your doctor may diagnose or rule out lung cancer using procedures such as a chest X-ray, CT scan, lung biopsy, bronchoscopy or thoracentesis.

Treating Lung Cancer

Adventist HealthCare’s multidisciplinary cancer care team will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your type and stage of lung cancer and overall health. Specialists gather to examine your lung nodules each month, so you receive recommendations for the right treatment at the right time—and only when you need it. You may get:

During and after treatment, take advantage of support and wellness services that make you more comfortable in mind and body. Ask your doctor about pulmonary rehabilitation, which can improve your function and energy level.

Get Help to Stop Smoking

If you smoke, quitting can help you live longer and lower your risk of developing lung cancer or another type of cancer. Increase your odds of quitting successfully by getting help from Adventist HealthCare’s Tobacco Cessation Program. You’ll benefit from nicotine replacement therapy and one-on-one guidance from a certified smoking cessation counselor.

You Have Questions. We Have Answers.

Have questions about our cancer care services? Not sure where to start? Our Cancer Services Team is here to help. Request a FREE Phone Consultation today!

You Have Questions. We Have Answers.

Have questions about our cancer care services? Not sure where to start? Our Cancer Navigator is here to help.

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