At Rose Medical Center, lung cancer is one of the top types of cancer that we diagnose and treat each year. As a leader is treating lung cancer, our medical professionals can help with diagnosis, providing a second opinion, if necessary, staging cancer (determining how far it has spread), planning for treatment, and offering support through specialized nurse navigation.
Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Often, there are no symptoms of early stage lung cancer, which is why we encourage those at higher risk to get regular screenings. However, sometimes patients experience:
- A persistent cough
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Lung Cancer Screening
Because lung cancer is most treatable at its earliest stage, it is recommended that those at risk should undergo regular screening. Screening is recommended for those:
- 55 years of age or older
- Smoked for 30 or more pack years*
- Stopped smoking less than15 years ago
- 50 years of age of older
- Smoked for 20 or more pack years*
- Family history of lung cancer
- Personal history of chronic lung disease (COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis)
- Personal history of cancer
- Jobs that expose you to arsenic, nickel, asbestos, beryllium, soot, cadmium, diesel fumes, chromium, or coal dust
*Pack years are equal to number of packs smoked a day multiplied by number of years smoking. Source
If you are a long time smoker, you may be eligible for a lung cancer screening exam, one of the most effective tools in detecting—and beating—lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung cancer often is not found until is it quite advanced. The expert team at Rose Medical Center will work with you to put together an aggressive treatment plan. In fact, Rose patients diagnosed with Stage 3 or Stage 4 lung cancer have a five-year survival rate that is nearly double the average in Colorado.
At Rose, our comprehensive cancer program includes: