Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer in American killing more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Early detection and personalized treatment are important tools in the fight against lung cancer.
Developing an effective treatment plan for lung cancer involves input from a variety of physicians and other specialists. At Franciscan Health, we bring together a team of leading cancer experts in pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, pathology, radiology and many others. Together, they design personalized treatment plans for every patient using the most innovative and advanced lung cancer treatments available today.
We have also streamlined the process for patients and their families. At our lung clinics, we bring our nationally recognized team of physicians to you. Patients see the entire team in one visit and in one convenient location, saving them several weeks of waiting and traveling to multiple office appointments and locations. This approach ensures the best possible treatment plan is designed quickly in partnership with the patient and his or her family.
Most lung cancers are first diagnosed based on symptoms. Unfortunately, symptoms often don’t occur until the disease is in a late stage when treatment options are limited. Symptoms of lung cancer are not very specific and generally reflect damage to the lungs’ ability to function normally. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
Cancer nurse navigators supports our patients and their families. The navigator helps guide patients on a one-on-one basis along the path from diagnosis through treatment. The lung nurse navigator serves as the point person for the lung clinic team, reviewing the patient’s history and making appropriate appointments based on the patient’s needs and the team’s treatment plan.