Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men (after prostate cancer) and women (after breast cancer). It accounts for about 15 percent of all new cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer is divided into two general categories:
- Small cell lung cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
Screening and early detection of lung cancer is a challenge. Special chest x-rays, a CT scan, and a fiberoptic examination and biopsy of the lung are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Both variations of the disease may have different symptoms and different treatments. Eight of every ten cases of lung cancer will be non-small cell lung cancer. Lung cancer may also include neuroendocrine tumors of the lung and mesothelioma, a cancerous tumor of the lining of the lung.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand lung cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as social workers and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Radiation therapy
Our cancer surgeons have pioneered the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques for lung cancer treatment, which can contribute to faster recuperation following surgery.