Lung Cancer Facts
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Smoking is the cause of 90 percent of all cases. Because lung cancer goes undiagnosed until later stages, prevention or early diagnosis is the key.
The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. If you are not a smoker, you can decrease your chances of getting this disease by avoiding second-hand smoke, and exposure to high levels of pollution. Our genetic counseling program can help you determine your risk for lung cancer. If you are showing signs of lung cancer, schedule a CT scan of your chest as soon as possible.
Lung Cancer treatment begins with early diagnosis. At Saint Francis, we use a team approach to catch this disease in its earliest stages. The following measures are used to diagnose lung cancer:
- Genetic counseling program to determine your risks for lung cancer so you can take steps to proactively manage your health
- Chest X-rays
- Computerized tomography (CT) scans
Saint Francis also offers endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), a procedure that enables safer, more accurate biopsies of chest lymph nodes so physicians can detect and diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other lymphatic diseases. The EBUS bronchoscope is less invasive than than histologic sampling—patients can have the procedure done in an outpatient setting and return home without incisions or scarring.
Under the direction of board certified medical and radiation oncologists, Saint Francis Medical Center offers a variety of treatments for lung cancer, including:
- Advanced surgery to remove tumors in the lungs
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Frameless stereotactic radiosurgery
- CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, which delivers high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy to surgically complex or inoperable tumors in the lungs
- Biological drug therapy
Saint Francis Medical Center offers the I Can Cope program to lung cancer patients and their families. This program gives patients an opportunity to share their concerns with others having similar experiences and to help them design ways to cope with the challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis. Speakers include healthcare professionals in cancer management. Videos, print materials and discussions provide up-to-date information for patients and their families and friends.
I Can Cope meets the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Saint Francis Cancer Institute. To learn more about I Can Cope, call 573-334-2230.