If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, you are not alone.

Lung cancer is a complex disease. That’s why at Ellis Medicine, we have a team of experts, including thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, and more, ready to care for you. Our teams work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you and your cancer.

Through our partnership with Roswell Park Care Network, you have even more treatment options for your care plan than ever before, even advanced lung cancer. At Ellis Medicine, you have access to leading-edge chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and clinical trials that offer hope for healing and a better quality of life.

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What is Lung Cancer

Lung cancer begins in the cells of your lungs. Lung cancer is much more common in people who smoke, though quitting smoking can start to lower your risk immediately. People who don’t smoke and have never smoked are less likely to get lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. However, new immunotherapy treatments are offering hope.

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Prevention & Screening

You can lower your risk for lung cancer by not smoking, quitting smoking, and avoiding secondhand smoke. You can also lower your risk by avoiding carcinogens at work by wearing the proper equipment at all times.

You can get screened for lung cancer to catch it early. Starting at age 50, people who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years can undergo computed tomography (CT) testing to check for lung cancer.

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Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Your doctor can use a combination of imaging and lab tests to diagnose your lung cancer. A chest X-ray or chest CT scan can reveal growths in your lungs. Examining your sputum (mucus and saliva) under a microscope can also reveal cancer cells.

You may also need a biopsy of lung cells to see what type of lung cancer you have. Your doctor will use a needle to remove a small amount of lung tissue. A pathologist will look at the cells under a microscope to diagnose cancer.

Learn more about the lung cancer screening program at Ellis.

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Lung Cancer Treatment

Your lung cancer treatment will depend on if your cancer is just in your lungs or is in other areas of your body. If it is just in your lungs, you might need surgery to remove cancer and might not need any further treatment.

If your lung cancer has spread further, you might need chemotherapy (medicines to kill cancer) or radiation therapy (targeted radiation to kill cancer) before surgery. These treatments can shrink tumors, making surgery easier. If these treatments are not effective enough or your cancer comes back, immunotherapy and targeted therapy clinical trials might help.

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