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Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer




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Cancer of the lungs is one of the most likely cancers to affect men and women in the United States. Rates of diagnosis are on the decline, thanks to increased awareness of the hazards of smoking, asbestos, and other lung cancer risk factors over the past 50 years. Methodist Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art detection and treatment for lung cancer.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is divided into two groups: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer, or SCLC, spreads more rapidly than the non-small cell variety, and is almost always caused by cigarette smoking. Non-small cell lung cancer is more easily treated, and if detected early, can be cured with surgery in more than half of all cases. Although non-small cell lung cancer can be caused by carcinogenic chemicals or pollution exposure, the best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to avoid smoking cigarettes.

Learn more about Houston Methodist’s breakthroughs in thoracic surgery for lung cancer and other diseases of the chest.

Clinical Trials

Methodist Cancer Center's continued commitment to research helps us to improve present and future cancer care. Learn about our current cancer-related clinical trials.

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