LUNG CANCER

Expert lung cancer care using the latest options for diagnosis and treatment.

Pulmonologist doctor and lung cancer patient discuss recent diagnosis

What you need to know

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. One reason is that most people don’t have symptoms of lung cancer until it is advanced and very difficult to treat. 

The survival rate for lung cancer varies depending on the stage and type of disease. Overall, 18 percent of lung cancer patients survive at least five years after their diagnosis, according to the National Cancer Institute.  

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Understand your diagnosis

Diagnosis typically starts with imaging tests such as a chest X-ray or CT scan. A series of additional tests are used to accurately diagnose the type and extent of lung cancer. These tests also help in deciding the type of treatment that may be most effective. 

Following a diagnosis of lung cancer, you may have more tests to help your doctor understand your cancer stage.

Cancer staging involves determining where the cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and if it is affecting other parts of your body. Knowing the stage allows you and your doctor to develop your personalized treatment plan.

Needle biopsy is a common way doctors gather more information to understand diagnosis and help plan treatment. We offer a variety of the latest tools for diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and "Super D" technology
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

Customized treatment plans

Because each person and every cancer is different, your doctor uses your tests and exams to come up with an individual treatment plan. How long this takes depends on how complex your case is and your treatment goals. During this time, you build a relationship with your cancer doctors. You become a team for your care.

Open, honest communication can only benefit your relationship with your doctors. These tips can also help you get the most from this partnership:

Prepare in advance: Write down your questions ahead of your visits. A few examples of smart questions:
           - Why are we doing these tests?
           - Why do you think this treatment is right?
           - What side effects might this treatment cause?

Find trustworthy resources: If you’re looking to learn more, rely on this website or sources your team recommends, so you can make decisions based on good information.

Take a partner: Bringing a friend or family member to appointments can make you feel more confident and help you remember important details.

Treatment options

There are several ways to treat lung cancer depending on the type and location of the tumor. Options may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. People often receive a combination of treatments. 

Some patients are good candidates for stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR). This highly accurate type of treatment accounts for body and breathing motion, so it can be used to treat lung cancer.

Talk to your doctor to see if a clinical trial (research study) may be right for you. Learn more about your treatment options. 

More support

You are not alone. Legacy offers support throughout your cancer journey, as well as care for your emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Nurse navigators
Legacy Cancer Healing Center 
Support groups and classes
Cancer rehabilitation 
Survivorship services

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