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Lung Cancer

Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease. Deaths from lung cancer represent about one out of every six deaths from cancer in the U.S. (cdc.gov).

While lung cancer grows very slowly, it often grows undetected and is found only when it has already spread to other parts of the body.

Because of the impact of lung cancer, people are now aware of the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke. Employers (and the agencies that govern them) are increasingly vigilant about protecting workers from hazardous exposures that augment lung cancer risk. Across the nation, top researchers are working on new screening methods and new treatments to win the fight against lung cancer – and each and every one of these studies is available to our patients.

In addition, at St. John Providence Health we have physicians with nationally renowned expertise in the treatment of lung cancer. Our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care ensures that in a single visit, each patient receives a complete team of nationally recognized experts, including: Pulmonologist, Radiation Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, Thoracic Surgeon and Oncology Nurse.

Prevention, Screening and Treatment

By the time lung cancer is detected, the disease is often dangerously advanced. So patients need treatment that offers every possible advantage. They need fast diagnosis and the opportunity to review all treatment options quickly. St. John Providence Health System offers screening, prevention and treatment with a staff committed to providing the fastest and most comprehensive services available. Here’s how:

  • A counselor is available immediately to consult with you on your symptoms and collect a comprehensive history to assess your risk for the disease.
  • This counselor can also discuss ways to minimize your risk for lung cancer.
  • A full range of screening options provides the potential for quick and accurate detection.
  • Patients have access to all national clinical trials.
  • Our multidisciplinary team of physicians work together closely to provide the optimal treatment regimen for every patient with lung cancer, providing important advantages for those who:
    • Have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.
    • Have risk factors for lung cancer.
    • Have been referred by their family physician or another surgeon for a second opinion about their lung cancer.

Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

The findings of a recent national trial showed that there was a 20% increase in survival when lung cancer was diagnosed with a low-dose CT instead of traditional X-ray. If you or someone you love is a current or former smoker with a history of smoking a pack of cigarettes or more a day for at least 20 years, you may want to make an appointment for a low-dose CT for lung cancer screening – now offered at several St. John Providence imaging locations.

A screening CT is not covered by insurance but is available for only $99 out-of-pocket cost. Ask your doctor about low dose CT lung cancer screening or call our Cancer Care Coordinator, toll free at 866-246-4673. 

Learn more about the Low Dose Lung CT in an interview with Dr. Michael Kraut.

How To Reach Us

To schedule a consultation, call toll-free 1-866-246-4673

Second Opinion

Patients who have been diagnosed with lung cancer may come to us for a second opinion consultation. Second opinions are strongly recommended for all cancer diagnoses, so that you and your oncologist can choose the best treatment. Patients should ask their physicians to submit pathology materials for our review; each case receives a written evaluation.

Who’s On Your Team?

Our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care ensures that in a single visit, each patient receives a complete team of nationally recognized experts, including:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Thoracic Surgeon
  • Oncology Nurse

How We Treat You

We believe the strength of your mind and spirit is essential to your body’s healing process. Our Healing Arts Center is available for you to use, providing services such as massage, reflexology, mediation, music and art therapies and holistic assessment.

Reducing Your Risk

Here are a few of the ways we can help you prevent lung cancer: Lifestyle Counseling (see Specialized Services, above):

The most important way to protect yourself against lung cancer is not to smoke and to avoid people who are smoking. Beware of environmental factors, too, such as asbestos, radon and formaldehyde (click here for more information).

Additional Information & Resources

St. John Providence Health System Pulmonary Nodule Clinics

The SJPHS Pulmonary Nodule Clinics provide patients with comprehensive, multidisciplinary and expedited evaluation, as well as ongoing care of pulmonary nodules. The clinics are designed to minimize delays in evaluation and treatment.

We strive to identify any potential thoracic cancers early when they are most treatable. Fortunately, not every nodule ends up with a diagnosis of cancer. Early detection, accurate diagnosis, and swift intervention are major factors which lead to an encouraging and beneficial outcome.

Frequently nodules do not present with any signs or symptoms, or cause any pain. However, nodules could also be an early indication of malignancy.

Pulmonary nodules are a common radiographic finding. As many as 150,000 cases are detected on x-ray or CT scan as incidental finding each year. Because chest x-rays or CT scans help to identify a wide variety of lung disorders, pulmonary nodules MUST be thoroughly evaluated, diagnosed, appropriately treated and followed on a regular basis.

The SJPHS Pulmonary Nodule Clinics provide prompt evaluation, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of all types of chest malignancies. Results are communicated to you and your primary care physician within a timely manner. We strive to identify lung cancer early when it is most treatable, saving patients from unnecessary diagnostic procedures and interventions.

The SJPHS Pulmonary Nodule Clinical teams consist of expert pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, and a Thoracic Nurse Navigator to efficiently guide the patient through the process after a pulmonary nodule has been discovered.

Any high-risk findings or newly diagnosed cancers will be presented at Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Board which includes:

  • Pulmonology
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Nurse Navigator

To develop/review an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Any patient with an abnormal chest x-ray, CT scan or other lung concerns can be referred to the SJPHS Pulmonary Nodule Clinics, as well as self-referrals.

Please contact one of our Thoracic Nurse Navigators:

Sarah Sobieralski RN, BSN, OCN, at 248-849-5773
at Providence Hospital

Colette Carter RN, BSN at 313-647-3150
at St.John and Macomb Hospitals

or our Cancer Care Coordinator at 1-866-246-4673.


 

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What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer

What you need to know about lung cancer

You are Unique

At St. John Providence Health System, we know that you’re a unique individual and not just a condition or a list of symptoms. We treat the whole person.

Get in touch with us so we can learn about you and give you the help you need for your individual situation.

Call 1-866-246-4673