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Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs, the two organs found in the chest that help you breathe.

The lungs are made up of areas called lobes. The right lung has three lobes; the left lung has two, so there's room for the heart. When you breathe, air goes through your nose, down your windpipe (trachea), and into the lungs where it spreads through tubes called bronchi. Most lung cancer begins in the cells that line these tubes.

There are two main types of lung cancer:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer.
  • Small cell lung cancer makes up about 20% of all lung cancer cases.

If the lung cancer is made up of both types, it is called mixed small cell/large cell cancer.

If the cancer started somewhere else in the body and spread to the lungs, it is called metastatic cancer to the lung.

Patients with lung nodules that require further diagnostic testing or monitoring are excellent candidates for the Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic. Treatment of lung masses involves many different specialties; the center brings together expertise from multiple fields to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.

Lung Cancer Treatment Breakthrough

Lung cancer kills more men and women in the United States than any other type of cancer. The American Cancer Society says nearly160,000 people die from lung cancer every year. Unfortunately, Kentucky is at the top of the list when it comes to lung cancer deaths, with 74.8 deaths per 100,000. Specialists at Norton Cancer Institute have a new tool in the fight against lung cancer.

Lung cancer often causes no symptoms early on, meaning the cancer has time to grow before it is detected. Cigarette smoking is one of the main factors behind lung cancer, so if you smoke, stop. If you’ve never smoked, don’t start. For more information, call (502) 629-HOPE .

Lung CT Screening Early Detection

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Research has shown that screening reduces death from lung cancer among people at high risk. That's why a low-dose lung CT screening program has been developed to catch lung cancer when it's more treatable.

Get Healthy's Jackie Hays tells us more about the program and who qualifies.

If you would like more information about the Low Dose Lung CT Screening program, call (502) 629-LUNG.

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