Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in America, occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both lungs. Lung cancer does not often cause noticeable symptoms until it has reached advanced stages. 

Types of Lung Cancer

As the leading provider of cancer care in the Brazos Valley, the CHI St. Joseph Health Cancer Center treats a variety of lung cancer, including:

  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
    • Adenocarcinoma
    • Squamous cell carcinoma (epidermoid carcinoma)
    • Large cell carcinoma

Lung Screening Program

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. If you are over the age of 55 and have a history of heavy smoking, you may qualify for screening. CHI St. Joseph Health’s new lung screening program seeks to find lung cancers early, when they are most treatable, through low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Find out if you qualify.

Lung Nodule Program

Our Lung Nodule Program identifies patients who come through our ER and may potentially have a nodule on their lung(s). If a lung CT scan is performed, that scan is also screened for possible nodules or lumps. and If a nodule is found on the scan,  the patient is referred to a pulmonologist for follow-up.

More than 90 percent of nodules are benign, but some do signal a lung tumor in its early stages. Watching for and detecting lung nodules early allows specialists to diagnose cancer when it is most treatable, reducing the potential for unnecessary surgery.