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We treat all types and stages of lung cancer and help connect you with others who've battled the disease. We also offer the support you need to quit smoking.

What Is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer develops when abnormal cells form in the lungs and grow out of control. The cancer sometimes spreads to other parts of the body.

According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide after breast.

 

Smoking and lung cancer

Smoking cigarettes is the most common risk factor for developing lung cancer. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links smoking to 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths. However, lung cancer among non-smokers is also on the rise.

If you're currently smoking, we offer the support you need to quit.

The Region's Most Comprehensive Approach to Lung Cancer Care and Prevention

Whether you have lung cancer or simply want to quit smoking, we can give you expert and compassionate care close to home. We offer:

  • A Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program. If you have an abnormal finding on an imaging exam, we can help with any follow-up tests or appointments needed. Call 443-481-5881 to talk to our nurse navigator.

  • Cancer prevention programs. We offer workshops, education and outreach on:

    • Tobacco and nicotine product use prevention.

    • Quitting smoking.

    • Healthy eating.

    • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    • Cancer screenings.

  • Help to quit smoking. We provide nicotine replacement therapy and a quit- smoking plan for discharged patients.

  • LDCT lung cancer screening. We recommend those at high risk for lung cancer undergo an annual screening. Find out if screening is recommended for you.

  • Cancer support services to help your well-being. Cancer is a major life event. If you or a loved one has cancer, we're here to help you every step of the way. We offer many different services and resources designed to fit your needs and give you a better, more comfortable experience.

Smoking Cessation

It's a common misconception that once you have a cancer diagnosis, it's too late to quit smoking. Fortunately, that's not the case. It's never too late to get some benefit from quitting smoking/tobacco. Recent research shows quitting smoking even after a lung cancer diagnosis may help people live longer, delay a return of the cancer or a worsening of the disease.

Quitting after a diagnosis may seem daunting but it is possible with the right treatment. We offer a variety of tobacco/nicotine treatment programs to help you.

Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

The two main types of lung cancer our doctors diagnose and treat are:

  • Small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 15% of lung cancers and can spread quickly.

  • Non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 85% of lung cancers. There are several different types of non-small cell lung cancer.

 

Diagnosing lung cancer

Our cancer specialists diagnose lung cancer based on your symptoms — like persistent cough, shortness of breath or chest pain — as well as tests like:

  • Chest CT (including low-dose screening CT). This test can detect small nodules in lungs, catching tumors early.

  • PET CT. This combines two different kinds of imaging for a more detailed look at the lungs.

  • Biopsy. A biopsy is a small tissue sample taken from tumor.

Lung cancer treatments

Treatment depends on the stage of your cancer.You may receive a combination of treatments, including:

  • Chemotherapy, which is medicine to shrink or kill the cancer.

  • Radiation, which uses high-energy rays to shrink or kill the cancer.

  • Surgery, which is an operation to remove cancer tissue.

Next Steps & Contact

AAMC Thoracic Surgery Associates

Primary Location

2003 Medical Pkwy, Wayson Pavilion, Ste 210, Annapolis, MD 21401

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