Lung and thoracic cancer detection and diagnosis
Cancers of the thoracic (chest) region, include lung, esophageal, thymus and mesothelioma, with lung cancer being the most common. In the early stages, these cancers may not exhibit any symptoms. Because these diseases are challenging to treat, it’s important to visit your doctor for regular exams as part of your preventive healthcare and to share any concerns, no matter how small they seem. This is especially true if you have a history of smoking or other high-risk health or family history.
Your doctor will refer you to our advanced imaging services and may order additional tests to help with a diagnosis, such as an endoscopy or a biopsy. A pathologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing disease, will look at your cell samples to identify the presence of cancer and determine the type of cancer you have.
When diagnosed early, lung cancer is very curable
Lutheran Medical Center - Cancer Centers of Colorado offers Low Dose Lung Screening which helps with the early detection of cancer and greatly increases chances for survival. You may qualify for low-dose lung screening at no cost through your insurance provider or Medicare. We also have options available for self pay/no coverage. Call the Lung Screening Navigator at 303-403-3611 or request an appointment online.Request a Lung Screening Appointment
Innovative techniques and technologies
Our accredited cancer program offers several types of pulmonary techniques and technologies designed to support your care needs. You will need to call your local hospital to learn which of the below options are available in your area. Some options could include:
- Minimally invasive surgical technology – A surgical technique that uses smaller and more precise surgical incisions instead of one large opening. By reducing the trauma to the body, patients typically have quicker recovery times and less discomfort.
- Radiation oncology targeting - Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), also known as stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), can be used to treat tumors in almost any part of the body, including the lungs.
- Respiratory gating – This technology allows for continuous monitoring of tumor movement (for example, during breathing) so radiation treatment can be delivered at exactly the right moment. When the tumor moves outside of the target field, the radiation beam automatically turns off.
Freedom from smoking
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer and is linked in the U.S. to about 90 percent of lung cancers. We work with patients and families to provide smoking cessation resources and support programs to sustain positive outcomes, not only for lung cancer survivors, but for everyone.
Learn more about smoking cessation classes and support near you.