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Lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers, and is highly treatable. It can be treated through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This cancer is strongly linked to a history of smoking, so you should seek lung cancer screening to determine your risk of developing this disease.

Lung cancer treatment centers along the Wasatch Front

At MountainStar Healthcare hospitals, we offer advanced procedures for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer—all focused on enhancing your quality of life.

We provide comprehensive cancer care, including a variety of cancer support resources, to provide continued support throughout your cancer journey.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Preventive care for lung cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking cigarettes is linked to about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. This means that one of the most effective ways to prevent lung cancer is to quit smoking. We understand that quitting smoking can be difficult, which is why we offer patients support through education and resources on smoking cessation.

Additionally, if patients are at an increased risk for lung cancer, we may recommend certain imaging exams to detect cancer early, when it is more treatable. This may include a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.

Risk factors for lung cancer

Talk to your doctor about a screening test if the below criteria apply to you:

  • You are 55 years old and older.
  • You are a current smoker or former smoker who quit within the last 15 years.
  • You have a 30 or more pack year history of smoking.
    • A pack year is a way to measure the amount of smoking an individual has done over a period of time. A 30-pack year history of smoking is equivalent to smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years. You can calculate the number of cigarettes you have consumed with the American Cancer Society’s cigarette calculator.
  • You have been exposed to asbestos or radon.

Lung cancer signs and symptoms

Unfortunately, signs of lung cancer tend to not show up until the disease is in later stages, which is why preventive care is so important. However, early detection is still possible with screenings and talking to your doctor about any potential symptoms you experience.

Common symptoms of lung cancer can include:

  • A new, chronic cough or a cough that doesn't go away
  • Chest pain that is worse with deep breathing or coughing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained loss of appetite and/or weight loss

Types of lung cancer

Lung cancer can start anywhere in the respiratory tract. Since the respiratory system is so complex, there are multiple types of lung cancer.

These include:

  • Small cell lung cancers—a fast growing type of lung cancer that is usually caused by smoking
  • Non-small cell lung cancers—generally a less aggressive form of lung cancer, which includes:
    • Adenocarcinomas
    • Large cell carcinomas
    • Squamous cell carcinomas

Treatments for lung cancer

When lung cancer is detected early, our highly skilled surgeons have a better chance of successfully treating the cancer. Our doctors offer personalized treatment based on your unique situation.

The most common treatments for lung cancer include:

Lung Screenings for Smokers

Are you:

  • Between the ages of 55 – 80
  • A smoker with a history of 30 pack-year smoking (1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
  • A current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years.

If so, you could be eligible for a low–dose, CT screening to determine your risk of lung cancer. It can help catch lung cancer early, and ultimately save your life!

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