Orange County Lung Cancer Treatment City of Hope
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, there is hope. New treatments are being developed, with many that were not even available five or ten years ago.
While many people who receive a lung cancer diagnosis were smokers, a growing number of cases are found in people who never smoked. Regardless, lung cancer should not be regarded as a source of shame. It is a serious disease that must be recognized and treated with the right level of expertise.
Are there tests for lung cancer?
Most lung cancers don’t reveal their symptoms until they have grown large and spread. When this happens, symptoms include coughing, chest pain, and breathing problems.
Although it was believed for years that there was no early detection for lung cancer, low dosage CT screening (LDCT) has been found very effective in finding lung cancer early, when it is most treatable. Also, because the test in non-invasive, it is very convenient for patients.
LDCT is recommended for smokers and former smokers. To find out if you are a candidate, contact (949) 763-2204.
If it is determined that you have lung cancer, you will be referred to a lung cancer specialist.
What is lung cancer and what forms does it take?
Non-small cell lung cancers are the most common types. These cancers form in different parts of the lungs and can spread throughout the body as cancer develops.
Less common is small cell lung cancer, also called oat cell cancer. It is aggressive and tends to grow and spread quickly.
Your physician will diagnose the type and progression of the disease.
What is best for you?
Once you get a lung cancer diagnosis, you will have a series of decisions to make. Your doctors will most likely present a range of options and explain what your patient experience will be like. Your decision should be based on your needs and preferences, quality of life you prefer, and the best possible outcome. Open communication with your doctor and care team is essential, especially during the time when you must make choices about the course of your care.
In many cases, having a second opinion is a very good decision. Only in rare cases will you need to make decisions so quickly that you cannot take the time to get a second opinion. Your second opinion may be used to learn about new treatment options, or you may simply receive peace of mind that your care plan is right for you. If you would like a second opinion, schedule a consultation by calling us at 800-826-4673 or request an appointment online.