Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women, and is the most common cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Lung cancer is most commonly linked to smoking but exposure to toxins such as asbestos, radon and second-hand smoke can also be a cause. Most lung cancers can be aggressive and spread, but some rarer types can be slow growing.
Screening and Treatment
Early diagnosis is one of the most important factors in successfully treating lung cancer. Low Dose CT screening for eligible patients may detect lung cancer early. Whether detected by screening or after diagnosis based upon symptoms, a multidisciplinary team of experts is available to meet with you to decide whether surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or molecularly targeted therapy is the best way to treat your cancer. Lowell General Hospital collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital so you can see a thoracic surgeon at the Cancer Center.
Through a close partnership with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is important to know that when taking part in a clinical trial, you will continue to receive the highest quality care for your cancer. Learn more about our clinical trial options here
Resources and Education
Learn more about our resources to support your care here