Lung cancer

Lung cancer is by far the deadliest cancer for both men and women in the United States. More people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

 

lung cancer infographic 

 

 

Our Approach to Treatment

Houston Methodist’s specialists provide the most advanced lung cancer care throughout the Houston area, allowing patients to receive treatment in their communities. We establish personal connections to ensure each person receives expert care in compassionate surroundings complete with collaboration and research.

 

Our specialists, nurses and staff have dedicated their careers to studying and treating lung cancer. We are committed to making you as comfortable as possible, consulting with you and your doctor and developing the best treatment plan for you. Our mission is to provide the most effective treatments, while preserving healthy tissue and cells.

 

Experts, including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists and nutritionists, routinely confer with patients and their pulmonologists to guarantee everyone receives personalized care and attention, including molecular testing.  Additionally, our physician-scientists conduct clinical trials to advance treatments and improve outcomes.

 

We also provide lung cancer screening to patients who qualify for it and monitor their conditions.

 

Lung Cancer Types

  • Small cell – spreads (metastasizes) more rapidly and almost always is caused by smoking
  • Nonsmall cell – more easily treated, and, if detected early, can be cured with surgery in more than half of all cases

 

Lung Cancer Symptoms

  • A worsening, persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarseness
  • Frequent lung infections
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

 

Lung Cancer Diagnostics

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • PET scan
  • Biopsy
    • Sputum cytology – mucus taken from phlegm
    • Thoracentesis – a long needle is used to remove pleural fluid from inside the lungs
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Fine-needle aspiration
    • Thoracoscopy – a thin, lighted tube is inserted through several small incisions in your chest and back to look at your lungs and tissues. A tiny tool is used to take a cell sample

Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer

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Houston Methodist thoracic oncologist Eric Bernicker, MD, explains how immunotherapy research could lead to more treatment options for lung cancer patients.