As the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, lung cancer care requires the expertise of a skilled oncologist like the board-certified medical team at Wellness Oncology & Hematology. At their offices in Tarzana and West Hills, California, the oncology team offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to confirm lung cancer. They also provide custom treatment using the latest innovations in cancer care to ensure the best possible outcome. If you have lung cancer or fear that you do, schedule an appointment today at Wellness Oncology & Hematology by phone or using the online booking feature.
Lung cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer that affects the cells of your lungs. The most common form of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer, several types of cancer that are classified by how the cancer cells behave under a microscope.
Small cell lung cancer is most common in people with a heavy smoking history, although this type is less common than non-small cell cancer.
Your risk of lung cancer increases if you have a family history of the disease or if you smoke. Your lung cancer risk also increases if you’re frequently exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, asbestos, or other toxins.
In the earliest stages of lung cancer, you might not have any noticeable symptoms. As the condition progresses, you can develop issues like:
It’s also common to cough up blood, even in small amounts, as the cancer becomes more advanced.
As early detection increases your chances of a successful recovery, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic appointment at Wellness Oncology & Hematology for symptoms of lung cancer or if you have a personal or family history of cancer.
To confirm or rule out a lung cancer diagnosis, you’ll need to undergo imaging tests like a chest X-ray or CT scan that help identify abnormal masses in your lungs. The staff at Wellness Oncology & Hematology will also test samples of the fluids that you cough up.
In some cases, a biopsy will be necessary. This procedure involves the analysis of tissue samples your doctor takes from your lungs to identify abnormal or cancerous cells.
Treatment of lung cancer focus on the type of cancer you have and how far it’s progressed. The skilled oncology team at Wellness Oncology & Hematology design a plan that focuses on slowing the progression of cancer and helping you effectively manage your symptoms.
In many cases, medications, radiation, and chemotherapy are combined to treat lung cancer. If your cancer is advanced, you’ll probably need surgery to remove a portion of your lung to prevent the cancer from spreading.
Your Wellness Oncology & Hematology doctor can also work with lung specialists to protect your breathing and ensure the best outcome of your cancer treatment.
If you have symptoms of lung cancer and need an accurate diagnosis, schedule a consultation today at the Wellness Oncology & Hematology office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking feature.