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Lung Cancer

If you are battling lung cancer, you want an entire team in your corner.

You want the best approach, the latest clinical trials and experience to help create a treatment plan for you - to beat your cancer. We understand. We bring together an entire team - focused on you and your cancer.

A team of specialists fighting lung cancer

The Lung/Thoracic Cancer Clinic at Methodist brings together specialists in oncology, nutrition, radiation, physical therapy and behavioral health to craft a treatment plan for you and your specific cancer. Your team may include experts in these areas:

  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Thoracic radiology
  • Pathology

What is lung cancer - and how is it classified?

When cells grow abnormally in one or both lungs, tumors may form and interfere with providing oxygen to your body. Tumors may be non-cancerous (benign) or malignant (cancerous).

Lung cancer is classified as non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or small cell lung cancer (SCLC). 80% of lung cancers are non-small cell. Lung cancers originate in the lungs. Cancers may originate in other parts of the body and spread (metastasize) to the lungs. If your cancer has started in another part of your body, treatment will be for the original type of cancer, even if it is in your lungs. 

Lung cancer screening - detection and treatment

Lung cancer is often difficult to cure, especially if it has already spread outside of the lungs. Study results have shown that detecting lung cancer in the earliest stages through screenings has dramatically improved the survival rates.

If you have risk factors for lung cancer, such as a history of smoking, talk with your doctor about whether you should consider having a lung cancer screening. The Methodist Lung/Thoracic Oncology Clinic offers lung cancer screenings, including low-dose CT scans if you have risk factors for lung cancer.  Low-dose CT scan (LDCT) are used to detect lung cancer at its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable. Learn more about lung cancer screening.

  Find a physician specializing in lung and thoracic cancer. 

Nationally-recognized for lung cancer screening excellence

Methodist has been accredited by two national organizations for safety, quality and effective diagnostic care in lung cancer screening. We have been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance, This organization has been critical in lung cancer prevention efforts, legislation and standards. The Center of Excellence designation recognizes responsible and safe lung cancer screening. 

We have also been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR) . The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. Learn more about lung cancer screening.  

Patient-awarded for excellence in care

The Lung Cancer clinic has been awarded a 5-star rating for excellence in outpatient care. Professional Research Consultants, a nationally-recognized healthcare research firm, conducts a confidential survey of our patients. When compared to the results of other health care facilities , the Lung Cancer clinic was rated in the top 10% nationally in excellent patient care.