Lung Cancer Care
If a patient has been diagnosed with lung cancer, their doctor will work to determine the extent to help them and what treatment is most appropriate. Staging tests may include imaging procedures that allow doctors to look for evidence that cancer has spread beyond a patient’s lungs. These tests include Computed Tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and bone scans.
To tackle cancer and other lung diseases, it takes more than a great doctor by your side—it takes a whole team of them. Our oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, primary care physicians, pathologists and pulmonologists all work together to support patients and tailor the very best treatment to meet each person’s individual needs.
Stages of Lung Cancer
Cancer is limited to the lung and hasn't spread to the lymph nodes. The tumor is generally smaller than two inches or five centimeters across.
The tumor may have grown larger than two inches, or it may be a smaller tumor that involves nearby structures, such as the chest wall, the diaphragm or the lining around the lungs (pleura). Cancer may also have spread to nearby lymph nodes.
The tumor may have grown very large and invaded other organs near the lungs, or there may be a smaller tumor accompanied by cancer cells in lymph nodes farther away from the lungs.
Cancer has spread beyond the affected lung to the other lung or to distant areas of the body.
Types of Lung Cancer
There are Three Main Types of Lung Cancer:
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: This is the most common type of lung cancer and makes up about 85 percent of lung cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma are all subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer.
- Small Cell Lung Cancer: Small cell lung cancer is also called oat cell cancer and makes up about 10 to 15 percent of lung cancers. This type of cancer tends to spread quickly.
- Lung Carcinoid Tumor: Fewer than five percent of lung cancers are lung carcinoid tumors, which can also be known as lung neuroendocrine tumors. Most of these tumors grow slowly and rarely spread.