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At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, we approach your care by assembling a multidisciplinary team of doctors, experts and healthcare professionals to evaluate your illness, develop an individualized treatment plan and understand your needs as a patient and as a person. This approach ensures you receive high-quality care and treated first and foremost with compassion and understanding.

What Is Lung Cancer?

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.  These two types of cancer are treated very differently.

What Kind of Doctor Treats Lung Cancer?

Pulmonologists diagnose 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.

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What Causes Lung Cancer?

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.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer?

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, coughing or chest pain, consider scheduling an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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How Is Lung Cancer Diagnosed?

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 detail to determine the type and stage of your lung cancer.

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How Is Lung Cancer Treated? 

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.

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Lung Nodule Program

A lung nodule is an abnormal growth in the lung. Nodules can be benign or cancerous. At Banner MD Anderson, we offer an innovative Lung Nodule program to identify and monitor lung nodules. We use some of the most robust early diagnosis technology available to help identify cancerous nodules before they become untreatable.

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