Lung cancer

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Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, not including skin cancer. Smoke from tobacco, including cigarettes, pipes or cigars, is the cause of most lung cancer. Persistent, chronic cough, hoarseness, fatigue or any shortness of breath should be checked.

The only way to confirm lung cancer is to have a sample of cells or tissue examined under a microscope. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chances for effective treatment.

Spectrum Health Cancer Center’s lung cancer multispecialty team offers comprehensive care for lung cancer. Our experts incorporate their knowledge from different clinical areas, working together to conduct a thorough evaluation of the case. The team approach ensures the best treatment options are identified and discussed with you.

Treatment options

When it comes to a lung abnormality, your diagnosis and treatment options are as unique as you. In place of multiple appointments to different specialists, our multispecialty team brings a whole team of cancer specialists together in one place, at one time, to make diagnostic and treatment recommendations.

Biologic Therapy
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This procedure uses your body's immune system to fight your cancer. This is done by either stimulating your immune system to attack cancer cells or by introducing agents it needs, like antibodies, to kill them.

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This well-known cancer treatment uses medicines taken intravenously or by mouth to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink tumors, or after to fight cancer cells that have potentially spread.

Lobectomy surgery
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A lobectomy is the removal of an entire lobe of the lung. Many types of lung cancer tumors can be removed with surgery. The surgeon removes the lobe, or section, of the lung where the tumor is located.

Targeted therapy
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Targeted therapy is a new way to treat advanced lung cancer. These highly specialized drugs attack only cancer cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed.

Thoracotomy (open or robotic)
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This major surgery opens the chest cavity for removal of a lung, lobe of lung or portion of affected tissue.

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