Early Detection Is Key
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., claiming more lives than colon, prostate, pancreatic and breast cancer combined. Most cases of lung cancer are not diagnosed until later stages, when the survival rate is poor.
At Catholic Health Services, we offer the latest advances in technology for the early diagnosis of lung cancer, including lung cancer screenings at our six hospitals throughout Long Island.
Call (844)-CHS-LUNG (844-247-5864) or email LUNG@chsli.org for more information.
What are the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?
Signs and symptoms include:
- Coughing, especially persistent or intense cough
- Pain in the chest, shoulder, or back unrelated to pain from coughing
- A change in color or volume of sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in the voice or being hoarse
- Harsh sounds with each breath (stridor)
- Recurrent lung problems, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- Coughing up phlegm or mucus, especially if it is tinged with blood
- Coughing up blood
Why Choose CHS?
At CHS Cancer Institutes throughout Long Island, we offer the comfort of lung cancer treatment close to home. All are accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Our lung cancer care covers the full spectrum from diagnosis to treatment to surgery if needed. We treat even the most advanced lung cancer. CHS lung cancer experts focus on the patient's specific needs and create customized treatment plans.
Treating Lung Cancer
Testing and Diagnostic Services
- Physical examination
- Chest examination
- Chest X-ray
- Computed Tomography (CT) scan
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Sputum cytology
- Spiral Computerized Tomography (Spiral CT) scan
Lung cancer surgery, also known as thoracic surgery, removes a tumor and nearby lymph nodes. CHS's board certified thoracic surgeons will review surgical options based on type of cancer, stage of cancer and the patient's preferred treatment plan.
Options include but not are limited to:
- Pneumonectomy. Removal of an entire lung.
- Lobectomy. The entire lobe containing the tumor or tumors is removed.
- Segmentectomy. Part of a lobe is removed.
Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer screenings are a quick, painless and non-invasive way of detecting early-stage lung cancer. Research shows that annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) of the chest compared to chest X-rays can significantly reduce lung cancer death.
Lung cancer screening candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be 55–77 years old (Program eligibility based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiary eligibility criteria
- Have a smoking history of at least 1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years
- Be currently smoking or have quit smoking in the last 15 years
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer