Lung Cancer ranks as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., taking more lives than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. Thanks to a National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, heavy smokers can significantly reduce their chances of lung cancer with a low-dose CT Scan over a 3-year period. McLeod urges past and current smokers to take advantage of this special program and will try to help financially qualified people to pay for these lung cancer screenings.
In 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended lung cancer screenings for adults who:
Talk with your primary care physician if you’re interested in scheduling a Lung Cancer Screening.
Special ultrasounds for the throat and chest area, as well as stents and argon laser treatments, are new tools McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research uses for lung cancer patients. Other technology lung cancer patients benefit from include PET/CT scan, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and molecular targeted therapy.