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The Novant Health Cancer Institute lung cancer program streamlines the process of evaluating your cancer and developing a treatment plan so your therapy can begin as soon as possible. That’s more convenient for you and a more effective way to fight lung cancer.
What to expect
A collaborative team approach
The success of our lung program comes from multiple specialists closely collaborating to evaluate your condition and recommend a course of treatment. Your multidisciplinary care team may include a:
- Thoracic surgeon, who can perform biopsies and surgically remove cancerous tumors from the lungs
- Medical oncologist, who will manage treatment with chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other medications
- Radiation oncologist, who will manage treatment through radiation therapy methods, including state-of-the-art delivery systems such as IMRT, stereotactic radiotherapy and brachytherapy
- Pulmonologist, who treats lung diseases and aids in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer
- Radiologists, who interpret your medical images, such as CT scans, PET scans and MRIs
- Pathologists, who will examine tissues, check and interpret lab results
Prior to your appointment, these specialists meet to review your medical history, symptoms and the imaging results that revealed a tumor in your lungs. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Those with a diameter of less than 3 centimeters are called nodules, while anything larger is called a mass. Members of the team then meet with you to discuss their findings and talk about treatment options.
Next steps on your journey
Depending on what your care team finds, your next steps could include one of the following:
- A high likelihood of malignancy and recommendation of surgery for a biopsy.
- A significant possibility of malignancy and recommendation for a PET/CT scan to confirm the need for a biopsy.
- No significant risk of malignancy and recommendation to receive a low-dose CT scan in three- to six months to check for changes in the size or shape of the tumor.
This can be done during your first visit, so you begin treatment much sooner, eliminating the need to meet with multiple specialists individually.
Benefit from early lung cancer screening.
Lung cancer kills more Americans every year than any other form of cancer because so many patients don’t seek help until they experience symptoms. By then, they are often in the late stages of the disease when there is little chance of being cured.
Our lung nodule clinics are staffed with medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologist and pathologists to make it easier for us to assess your risk of lung cancer. We can then fast track your diagnosis if a scan reveals a lung nodule, and your treatment, should the nodule be malignant.
Novant Health urges you to consider being screened for lung cancer if you have:
- an extensive smoking history (1 pack daily for 30 years or 2 packs daily for 15 years)
- family history of lung cancer
- significant exposure to second-hand smoke
Research has shown that with early detection, 85% of cancers can be found in the earliest, most curable stage. If treated promptly with surgery, their cure rate is 92%. Contact your Novant Health primary care provider today to see if you might benefit from early screening.
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