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Lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Beginning as a growth of abnormal cells, the cancer grows to form a tumor, interfering with lung function. Lung cancer is treated through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Those who smoke cigarettes have an increased risk for lung cancer.

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Lung cancer treatment in Florida

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy. That's why at HCA Florida Healthcare, we're here to support you every step of the way — from your initial diagnosis through recovery and survivorship.

There are a lot of questions that can come with receiving a lung cancer diagnosis. What does it mean to have lung cancer? What are the treatment options? What are my next steps? Our oncologists, pulmonologists and surgeons will sit down with you and your family, answer all your questions and begin to outline a path forward. Because lung cancer is often not detected until patients are symptomatic, our multidisciplinary team works quickly after a diagnosis to determine the most effective treatment options.

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Conditions we treat

Lung cancer can start anywhere in the respiratory tract. While there are many types of lung cancers, they are generally divided into two main categories, and each requires a different approach to treatment.

  • Non-small cell lung cancers, which include adenocarcinomas, large cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas
  • Small cell lung cancers

Our lung cancer care program

We offer a variety of services to prevent, diagnose and treat lung cancer.

Preventive care for lung cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking cigarettes is linked to about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. This means that one of the most effective ways to lower your risk of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking.

If you are at an increased risk for lung cancer, we may recommend certain imaging exams — including a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan — to detect cancer early, when it is more treatable.

Treatments for lung cancer

When lung cancer is detected early, our surgeons have a better chance of successfully treating the disease. Depending on the type of cancer, the stage of the disease and your physical condition, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Our lung cancer teams

At HCA Florida, our teams of oncology specialists with deep experience treating lung cancer are on your side at all times. Together, these multidisciplinary specialists review your unique needs, sharing insights and expertise with one another, to create the right treatment plan for you.

Our oncology team includes specialized:

  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Oncology nurse navigators
  • Pathologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists, including interventional radiologists
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Thoracic surgeons

Understanding lung cancer

Being aware of the risk factors and symptoms of lung cancer is important to help protect your lung health. 

Risk factors for lung cancer

Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, recommends talking to your doctor about a screening test and routine pulmonary care if:

  • 50 to 80 years old
  • Smoked for 20 or more pack years
  • Stopped smoking within the past 15 years OR are currently a smoker
  • You have been exposed to asbestos or radon
  • To learn more about screening for lung cancer, visit the Sarah Cannon lung cancer page.

Lung cancer signs and symptoms

Unfortunately, signs of lung cancer may not show up until the disease is in later stages.

However, early detection is still possible with screenings and by alerting your doctor to any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • A new, chronic cough or a cough that doesn't go away
  • Chest pain that is worse with deep breathing or coughing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained loss of appetite and/or weight loss

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