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
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
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%.