For both men and women, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States. Lung cancer can be broken down into two main types – small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.
Pulmonologists diagnose and treat lung cancer. They focus on lung diseases as well as the respiratory system as a whole. Once diagnosed, your team will include specialties such as surgical, medical and radiation oncologists.
One of the largest risk factors for lung cancer is smoking but that is not the only cause. Other causes of lung cancer can include second-hand smoke, air pollution and family history.
Lung cancer is grouped into two types: small cell and non-small cell lung cancer. These variations need to be treated differently. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, coughing or chest pain, consider scheduling an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Testing for lung cancer includes a screening test, usually a CT or CAT scan. These tests can help determine if lung cancer is present. Your pulmonologist can discuss testing in more depth ￼to determine the type and stage of your lung cancer.
Your pulmonologist will work with you and our experienced team of experts to ￼￼determine the best treatment. Depending on the stage of your lung cancer, treatment options can include radiation, chemotherapy, therapy and surgery.