Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, and it is one of the most preventable.

In 2007, we opened the doors to the first multidisciplinary center in the Southeast dedicated to preventing and treating cancers of the lung and chest. The Saint Thomas Health Lung Cancer and Thoracic Center provides access to the region’s most advanced technologies and therapies along with the some of the nation’s most well-respected thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists and nurse navigators in a compassionate, caring environment.

Most lung cancers are directly related to cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke each day and the earlier you start smoking, the greater your risk of developing lung cancer. We can help you kick the habit.

Treatment of Lung Cancer

Many types of lung cancer exist. Each type of lung cancer grows and spreads in different ways and is treated differently. Our world-class team of lung and thoracic specialists will work with you to determine the best course of treatment available. Treatment may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A cough that does not go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness
  • Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Fatigue

Take the Test: Lung Cancer Risk Factors

Answering yes to one or more of these questions does not mean that you will develop lung cancer, but your risk may be higher than average.

1. Do you or have you ever smoked cigarettes?
2. Have you been exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis?
3. Has your parent, sibling or child had lung cancer?
4. Do you consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day?
5. Have you been exposed to radon gas either in your home or workplace?
6. Have you been exposed to asbestos or other chemicals known to cause cancer?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, call to schedule a low-dose CT screening at 615.222.LUNG (5864). Screenings can reduce the risk of death from lung cancer by 20%.

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