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Kentucky ranks #1 in lung cancer deaths. Beat the odds - call 502-210-4497 to schedule a lung cancer screening.
Smoking causes about 90 percent of lung cancers in the U.S., but early detection can increase your chances of survival by nearly 50 percent. If you’re 50 or older and have a history of heavy smoking, you can detect lung cancer early – at its most treatable stage – with a simple, low-dose CT scan. Our lung cancer screening is safe, effective and it could save your life.
Lung cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lungs. Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer in both men and women—more deadly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
The most common symptom for lung cancer is a persistent cough. Other symptoms include hoarseness, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, wheezing, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia and chest pain. If you experience any of the above symptoms frequently, you should speak with your physician.
The most frequent causes of lung cancer are smoking, radon, second-hand smoke and exposure to cancer-causing substances such as asbestos. If you are exposed to any of the above listed and have symptoms, you should speak with your doctor.
There are other tests and procedures that are used to diagnose lung cancer. UofL Health offers lung cancer screening that is performed using a low-dose CT Scan. CT Scans of the chest have proved to be safe and effective for screening people at risk. These tests help the doctor determine the type and extent of lung cancer development. These may include:
These tests are offered at a wide variety of our facilities.
There are three types of treatment typically used to treat lung cancer. All of the below treatments are offered at a UofL Health facility. To find out more, call 502-210-4497.
Surgery - The thoracic surgeon specialists at UofL Health will assist you in determining the best type of surgery for your case.
Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) - A procedure performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient's chest via a scope. With the video camera, the surgeon is able to view the anatomy along with other surgical instruments that are introduced into the chest via small incisions or "ports." Traditional surgical approaches have utilized a single large incision (cut) that is placed between the patient's ribs. The ribs are then spread apart, allowing the surgeon to look directly into the patient's chest and perform surgery. These incisions are known as thoracotomies, and while very safe, are uncomfortable. By utilizing VATS, the larger incision can be avoided, decreasing the post-operative pain, decreasing the length of stay in the hospital after surgery and increasing the overall rate of recovery.
Most early developing lung cancer can be treated by surgery alone. In more advanced lung cancers, where the cancer has involved other areas of the body, radiation and chemotherapy are preferred. In some cases, surgery may be an option following initial treatment with chemotherapy or radiation to shrink the tumor.
The Lung Cancer Program at UofL Health is helping to save one life at a time and helping people continue to live with cancer. Call 502-210-4497 to schedule your screening at one of our convenient locations.