Lung cancer treatment often involves collaboration among medical experts in many areas including surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and specialists in lung treatment. Choosing the right team to treat lung cancer is important. Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer team is led by Medical Oncologist Dr. Daniel Silbiger.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, claiming more lives each year than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer combined. While people who smoke have the greatest risk of lung cancer, it can occur in people who have no history of tobacco use and in those who have never had prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke. Exposure to radon gas, asbestos and other substances can increase the risk of developing lung cancer.
Lung cancer typically doesn’t cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages. As it advances, symptoms may include:
- a new cough that doesn’t go away, or a lingering cough that gets worse
- frequent chest infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- chest pain
- wheezing or shortness of breath
- hoarseness or other changes in a person’s voice
Symptoms may also appear in other areas of the body, including headaches, bone pain or unexplained weight loss.
A number of diagnostic tests may be used to confirm the presence of lung cancer, including lab testing, imaging or tissue sample testing. Early diagnosis of lung cancer can be lifesaving. Lung cancer cells can travel to other areas of the body before a doctor detects them in the lungs. If you are at increased risk for lung cancer, your doctor may recommend screening tests even if you have no cancer symptoms.
Treatments for lung cancer depend on its location and stage. Surgery and radiation are the most common treatments for lung cancer, and chemotherapy may also be used for certain types of cancer or in combination with other treatments.
If you believe you are at risk for lung cancer or if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, LH/UH Seidman Cancer Center can provide state-of-the-art care at our centrally-located Lake County facility. Please call (440) 205-5755 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.
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