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Lung Cancer Changes Lives. So Can We.

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A lung cancer diagnosis changes your life in an instant. Fortunately, we’re ready to help you fight. Our team of lung care specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating lung and chest cancers, and will be beside you every step of the way – from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship.

Our team includes board-certified medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons who work together to provide advanced medical and surgical treatment options for lung cancer. We’ve designed our services so that you can see all of the specialists you need in an efficient and timely manner – without letting your diagnosis take over your life.

While there is no one solution for treating lung cancer, there are many options. We will help you find the most effective treatments, allowing you to enjoy the best quality of life possible. Contact our Cancer Care team at 740-687-6900 to learn more.

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Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. The disease has been closely associated with smoking since 1964, when the first Surgeon General’s report concluded that tobacco smoke was a cause of lung cancer. Today, smoking is thought to cause up to 80-90% of lung cancer cases.

Most cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the late stages when the disease is often incurable. Doctors have found that screening for lung cancer in people at high risk of the disease can help to detect lung cancer early, which improves the chances of successful treatment. 

Candidates for lung cancer screening include:

  • Men or women age 50-80
  • Must be a current or former smoker who smoked at least one pack per day for 20 years or 2 packs per day for 10 years

You will need to have a physician order for a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). To learn more about screening for lung cancer, or if you feel you are a candidate for a screening, please talk to your healthcare provider.

Improving Lung Biopsy with Advanced Technology

We’ve invested in technology to perform robotic-assisted lung biopsies, in order to diagnose, treat and overcome lung cancer in its earliest stages when it is easiest to treat. The ION Endoluminal System can take biopsy samples from small or suspicious nodules located anywhere in the lung almost immediately after detection.

Benefits of robotic-assisted lung biopsy include:

  • Faster diagnosis of cancer
  • Quicker treatment
  • Better outcomes

Click here to learn more.

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Lung Nodule Clinic

The Lung Nodule Clinic is a program with the purpose of providing efficient and expert clinical judgment in the early detection and management of pulmonary nodules. Coordinated through Fairfield Healthcare Professionals Pulmonology & Critical Care, the Lung Nodule Clinic offers specialized care when an abnormal mass is found on an imaging study. Any patient with a lung nodule that is discovered by their physician on CT imaging or chest X-ray can be referred to our Lung Nodule Clinic. Once contacted, the pulmonary physicians at FHP Pulmonology & Critical Care will review the imaging study within 24 hours and schedule the patient for an initial visit. During that visit, patients meet with a pulmonologist who has extensive knowledge of lung nodule management. FHP Pulmonology & Critical Care will determine if additional studies or procedures are needed to better understand the patient’s risk. Our services include initial consultations, reviews of CT images, risk calculation and volumetric analysis of pulmonary nodules, advanced imaging with CT/PET, surgical and non-surgical biopsies and advanced bronchoscopy with guided technology and referrals to thoracic surgeons.

Thoracic Cancer Conference

When clinically relevant, the patient’s case will be presented at the Thoracic Cancer Conference. The Thoracic Cancer Conference is a multidisciplinary team approach that includes primary care physicians, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, thoracic surgeons, oncologists and radiation oncologists. This team meets to discuss the case and determines a recommended plan of care, which could include a surgical procedure such as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), as well as chemotherapy and radiation. Other options, such as gene-specific therapy, gamma knife and ablation, will be discussed as well. For more information, contact the Lung Nodule Clinic at 740-689-6833 or fax a referral to 740-689-6827.