The symptoms of lung cancer are not dramatic. Most are similar to a chest cold or a mild flu. Do you have a persistent cough that wonâ€™t go away? Are you short of breath? Do you suffer from frequent lung infections or cough up blood? If you feel unusually fatigued, or lose weight without changing your eating habits, consult Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay.
Our Tampa Bay area facility offers lung cancer screenings to both physician-referred and self-referred patients. Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay provides early detection of lung cancer with non-invasive tests. Our lung cancer diagnostic experts will put your mind at ease or, if necessary, tailor the right treatment for any signs of cancer you may have, and begin treatment as early as possible.
You start off by having a low dose CT scan done and going over the results with your Physician. You may then consider a Veran or superDimension Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (link to page with more detail) to provide you with the most advanced and complete lung navigation system to detect and diagnose early-stage lung cancer without the use of high-risk procedures.
An Endobronchial Ultrasound is a procedure that offers doctors more information about the patientâ€™s lung cancer. Ultimately, this helps this doctor determine the level or stage of lung cancer, which allows them to recommend the best treatment.
The National Cancer Institute conducted a National Lung Screening Trial in 2010 involving 53,000 randomized, current and former heavy smokers aged 55 to 74. The trial compared the effects of two screening methods for lung cancer on lung cancer mortality: low-dose helical CT (also known as spiral CT) and standard chest X-ray. The results showed 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths among the participants who were screened with low-dose helical CT.
Lung nodules are round or oval-shaped â€œspotsâ€ in your lungs that are typically discovered with an x-ray or CT scan. While most lung nodules are benign (non-cancerous), they should be examined and tested for cancer. You can use the link to calculate your Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Malignancy Risk (please use link below).
Most are similar to a chest cold or mild flu.
Following the diagnosis, the specialists will evaluate and choose the most suitable
treatment(s) for you depending on the stage and type of tumor, as well as your general health. Treatments can involve any combination of procedures, including:
We look at three types of treatment options to select how to best control your lung cancer:
We are committed to:
You can schedule an appointment for our Lung Screening Program Monday to Friday, at any of our locations.