Lung cancer

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we know you are more than your cancer diagnosis. When you choose us for lung cancer care, you'll work with compassionate experts who see you as a whole person. We understand you have questions, concerns, fears and a lot to live for.

We'll help you fight lung cancer with everything we've got—including our powerful treatments and helpful support services.

About lung cancer

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that starts in one or both lungs. If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes, brain and bones.

There are two main types of lung cancer:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common kind of lung cancer. The term "non-small cell" describes several similar kinds of lung cancer. These include adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large cell carcinoma.

  • Small cell lung cancer makes up about 15-20 percent of lung cancer cases. Almost everyone who gets small cell lung cancer has a history of smoking cigarettes.

While anyone can get lung cancer, it mostly occurs in people who are current or former smokers. Other risk factors for lung cancer include:
  • Chronic exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Chronic exposure to radon, a naturally occurring gas that can reach unsafe levels.

  • Chronic exposure to harmful chemicals, such as asbestos.

  • A family history of lung cancer.

  • Occupational exposure to roofing, rubber/tire industry, painting, diesel fuel, and paving

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

Maybe it's time to see your doctor about shortness of breath and other troubling symptoms. Perhaps you've already been diagnosed with lung cancer and want a second opinion about your treatment options. Regardless of your situation, you'll find the care and support you need at The Christ Hospital Health Network.  

Our extensive lung cancer program includes:

  • Prevention strategies, such as tools to help you quit smoking.

  • Screening tests including low-dose CT scans.

  • Sophisticated diagnostic tools such as navigational bronchoscopy.

  • Leading-edge treatments, including a type of "radiosurgery" not available at many hospitals.

  • Support services including palliative care, transportation help and referrals to counselors or support groups.

  • Survivorship services including care plans and other resources for patients who have completed treatment.

  • Clinical trials designed to test new treatments for lung cancer.

And you'll see for yourself how our cancer care team is setting new standards for lung cancer care in the region. Our cancer caregivers are invested in making sure every patient receives world-class care, every time.