Comprehensive lung oncology care in Wabash Valley
Terre Haute Regional Hospital aims to target and treat lung cancer through early detection screenings and innovative treatment and techniques. Our goal is to ensure you receive the comprehensive treatment you deserve while being educated and involved in every aspect of your care.
For more information about The Paul Siebenmorgen Cancer Center, please call (812) 237-9326.
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Lung cancer is typically diagnosed in its later stages because the disease does not show any symptoms in its early stages.
Types of lung cancer
Lung cancer is categorized into two types:
- Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—This is the most common form of lung cancer, which accounts for 85 percent of diagnosed lung cancers. Various types of NSCLC include adenocarcinoma, squamous cell (epidermoid) carcinoma, large cell (undifferentiated) carcinoma, adenosquamous carcinoma and sarcomatoid carcinoma.
- Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)—Cancer begins in the hormone-producing cells or the nerve cells in the lungs. This could be attributed to smoking habits. SCLC spreads easily to other parts of the body earlier and grows rapidly.
Diagnosing lung cancer
Lung cancer screenings are available through low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans. These screenings will allow doctors to detect cancer in its earlier stages before most symptoms occur. In addition to CT scans, you may undergo additional diagnostic testing, such as:
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
- Chest X-rays
Symptoms of lung cancer
The greatest risk of getting lung cancer is smoking, although it is possible to get lung cancer even if you have never smoked. Because lung cancer does not show obvious signs in its earlier stages, it is important to notice any symptoms and talk with your doctor.
Lung cancer symptoms include:
- Persistent cough
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pains
- Breathing or swallowing difficulty
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
Lung cancer treatment
Our team of pulmonologists and surgical oncologists will collaborate to provide a treatment plan specific to the type of lung cancer that you have and your health condition needs. Your lung cancer treatment plan may include:
- Surgery, including robotic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Our oncology nurse navigation program will also coordinate all of your care throughout your journey and care here at Terre Haute.