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About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States with an estimated 130,000 deaths expected in 2022. Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the lung begin to grow at an uncontrolled rate, eventually forming a tumor. Lung cancer is categorized into three different types; non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and lung carcinoid tumor.

The easiest way to prevent serious lung cancer from developing and spreading is to schedule routine screenings and checkups. By understanding the risks of lung cancer, you can take an active role in your health.

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Lung Cancer Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with lung cancer include:

  • A consistent or worsening cough
  • Coughing up blood or discolored sputum
  • Hoarseness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unexplained loss of appetite or
    weight loss
  • Chest pain that increases during coughing, deep breathing, or laughing
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • New instances of wheezing

Signs & Symptoms

Lung Cancer Screening

Detecting lung cancer early gives you the best chance for successful treatment.

If you or a loved one has a lung nodule identified on a chest x-ray or CT scan, your provider may refer you to Frederick Health's Lung Nodule Program. This program assist patients with the follow up after a lung nodule is found. At the appointment, we will discuss a plan specific to you based on the size of the nodule(s) and your personal, family, and smoking history. This may include a follow-up CT scan or a minimally invasive biopsy.

Frederick Health is pleased to be the first community healthcare system in the state of Maryland to offer robotic-assisted technology to identify and biopsy procedures to patients in need. This state-of-the-art technology makes lung tissue biopsies safer, simpler, and less invasive. This tool can detect even the smallest traces of lung cancer.

But what is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a surgical procedure where a small sample of the impacted tissue or nodule is removed for testing and diagnosis. This new technology is the most accurate and scientifically advanced equipment available for performing a lung biopsy.

Additionally, if you meet the eligibility requirements, participation in our Low Dose Lung CT Screening Program may be right for you.


Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer is often treated using multiple types of coordinated treatments, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapies
  • Drug Treatments

Your Lung Cancer Treatment Team

Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options is the first step in fighting lung cancer. At Frederick Health, we’re committed to providing you with a cancer treatment experience that is focused on you.


More Information on Lung Cancer

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Lung Cancer FAQs

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