How We Treat You
If you are concerned that you are at risk for lung cancer or may have lung cancer, quick action is best. Prompt treatment could extend your life and relieve symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your primary care provider immediately:
The following symptoms can occur when lung cancer has spread:
While these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have lung cancer, we will be ready with prompt screening services to put your mind at ease or to help you begin fighting the disease as early as possible.
Our nurse navigator will work with you and your physician to obtain a complete history, including determining your exposure to risk factors. These may include smoking or second-hand smoke. Risk factors also include careers such as firefighting, chemical industry work and a history of work that involved inhalation of fumes from heavy metals.
Phlegm or spit is examined under a microscope for cancer cells.
X-ray, CT scan, MRI or PET Scans
Imaging tests like these look for lung cancer or help determine if the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. At St. Mary’s of Michigan, we have electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy, which means our physicians can take tissue samples from deep parts of the lung not reachable with traditional scopes.
The findings of a recent national trial showed 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 select St. Mary’s of Michigan imaging locations.
A screening CT is not covered by insurance but is available for an out-of-pocket cost.
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