According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an estimated 150,000 people die from lung cancer each year — more than all deaths from breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. As reflected in these national statistics, lung cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed and treated at Doylestown Hospital, and the patient population has increased by 50 percent in recent years.
Despite these statistics, lung cancer survival rates are improving due to enhanced technology, innovative treatment options and new therapeutic approaches. Doylestown Hospital is committed to offering the community the very latest in diagnostic and screening technology, including low-dose CT scans and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). Read on to learn how the multidisciplinary lung cancer team at Doylestown Hospital is leading the region in the early detection and comprehensive treatment of this complex disease.
A Superior Lung Cancer Care Team at Doylestown Hospital
Patients at Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute receive personalized and compassionate care by our outstanding medical team who specialize in lung cancer. Our team includes a dedicated lung cancer nurse navigator who provides patients and families with extra support.
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Smoking and Other Risk Factors for Lung Cancer
Smoking and use of tobacco products are the main risk factors for lung cancer, as they cause approximately 87 percent of all lung cancers in the United States. The U.S. Surgeon General warns that regular exposure to secondhand smoke in the home or workplace also increases the risk for lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.
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Recognizing Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Most people are not diagnosed with lung cancer until they experience recognizable symptoms, such as persistent cough, coughing up blood or unexplained chest pain. Other patients are diagnosed while undergoing tests for other reasons. Unlike other forms of cancer, symptoms of lung cancer often take years to develop or may be attributed to other illnesses, which makes it difficult to detect until the disease has advanced.
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Lung Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Anyone with concerns about a possible lung abnormality can request a consultation with our specialists. At Doylestown Hospital, we provide prompt service and limited wait times for appointments. In addition, our cancer specialists often see patients who request a second opinion on a lung cancer diagnosis. Doylestown Hospital offers the most advanced technologies, such as low-dose CT scans and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for detecting lung cancer.
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Lung Cancer Treatment at Doylestown Hospital
Cancers are classified into four stages to determine treatment options. Treatment plans depend on various factors such as the size of a tumor, if cancer is localized or has spread to the lymph nodes, or if cancer has metastasized. Our lung cancer team works closely to customize each patient’s plan of care with the most advanced surgical, chemotherapy and radiation treatments available in the Philadelphia region. When appropriate, Doylestown Hospital's oncologists use emerging trends in chemotherapy strategies, including genetic testing and analysis of tumor markers, to develop personalized treatment plans for patients.
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Support and Survivorship
At Doylestown Hospital, our goal is to provide patients with compassionate care and comprehensive services from screening and diagnosis through treatment and supportive care. We strive for exceptional, personalized care and the best outcomes and quality of life for patients under our care for lung cancer.
Find out about survivorship care for lung cancer patients at Doylestown Hospital