Also called: Non-small cell lung cancer; Thoracic Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Most lung cancer is caused by smoking, but some other exposures, such as radon, can cause lung cancer. And some people may develop it without any known risk factors. Lung cancer often develops with no symptoms or with symptoms such as weight loss that do not clearly point to the lung as a cause.
Just as each person is unique, so is each cancer diagnosis. That’s why the Lung Cancer Team at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute treats each patient with personalized care. Our expert team members include surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, nurses, smoking cessation counselors, social workers and others.
The Lung Cancer Team meets weekly to discuss each patient’s condition and determine the best course of treatment. Then, they work together to ensure treatment is carried out and side effects are as limited as possible. A goal of the team is to help each patient maintain the best possible quality of life during and after treatment.
Our doctors stay up to date on the latest advances in diagnosing and treating cancer and will work with you to determine if you are a candidate for a clinical trial or genetic testing.
While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both Arkansas and the United States, research is providing new hope for patients to overcome the disease and live long, healthy lives. A new screening method and personalized medicine are just two of these recent advances. Our doctors are here to offer you the best treatment available, or provide a second opinion on your diagnosis and proposed treatment plan.