Lung Cancer Overview
The Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths
Lung cancer forms in the tissue of the lung – usually in the cells that line the airways. It can invade nearby tissues and form tumors. Lung cancer can start anywhere in the lungs and affect any part of the respiratory system. The cancer can spread, or metastasize, to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. The two main types of lung cancer are small-cell and non-small-cell.
The National Cancer Institute expects to see approximately 224,400 new cases of lung cancer in 2016 and more than 158,000 deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths.
Why You Should Choose The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Our thoracic oncology specialists provide comprehensive care to patients with lung cancer. We partner with you in care before, during and after treatment.
Nationally recognized excellence
The University of Kansas Cancer Center is among a select few in the nation, and the region's first, to earn National Cancer Institute designation. U.S. News and World Report ranks us among the top in cancer care.
If you have lung cancer, you will find the leading specialists you need at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Our interdisciplinary team of board-certified pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists have years of experience treating patients with lung cancer. They participate in a regular thoracic tumor conference where they pool their expertise and discuss each patient’s case.
Because we are an academic center, we offer some of the region's most advanced cancer treatments. We are constantly finding new treatments to improve lives. We use state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to improve patient outcomes and reduce side effects. Our diagnostic and treatment tools for lung cancer include the standard ones, along with more advanced technologies such as endoscopic ultrasound; the InReach™ System, which allows the doctor to perform a lung biopsy without surgery; and stereotactic radiation without surgery for early-stage lung cancer. We also use the latest findings in cancer research.
Our staff also are accustomed to working with community health care providers. In many cases, you can receive some of your treatment near your own home in coordination with the staff at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Each person is unique, so we tailor your care to your personal needs. This means doctors, nurses and other staff work closely together to develop the treatment plan that best fits your needs. They discuss every patient’s treatment as a team to stay up to date on your care and progress.
We are part of many national clinical trials on cancer treatment. So you benefit from our staff’s exposure to the latest options. We offer lung cancer patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing promising investigational therapies. Through ongoing research, we advance care and improve results by developing new treatments.
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