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Lung Cancer

Did you know that more people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other form of cancer? The reason why is simple – most discover lung cancer after it’s too late. We’re looking to reverse this horrible trend by administering an exam that can help detect lung cancer at its earliest stage, when it’s most treatable. We encourage everyone to take our questionairre to access if you're likely at risk of lung cancer.


Types of Lung Cancer

Non-small cell and small cell are the two main types of lung cancer.
Small cell lung cancer is rare, making up of only 10 percent of lung cancer cases, however is aggressive and fast growing.
Non-small cell lung cancers make up approximately 90 percent cases. Smoking is the leading cause of this form of lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer consists of the likes of:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Large cell carcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Pleomorphic
  • Carcinoid tumor
  • Salivary gland carcinoma
  • Unclassified carcinoma

Diagnosis

At Bristol Hospital, we offer a broad range of medical imaging and related services, including Low Dose CT Scan for lung cancer screening to detect lung cancer in its early stages. Lung cancer screening exam is done using a CT scan (computed tomography). A CT scan is a painless exam that can find even the tiniest of lung nodules long before they cause symptoms.

Treatments

 Lung cancer can be treated in a variety of ways. Your doctor will determine which course of action is best for you based on your type of cancer and how far it has spread. Patients with non-small cell lung cancer can be treated with:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Targeted Therapy

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