Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. In 2009, an estimated 219,440 new cases of lung cancer (both non-small and small cell combined) will be diagnosed in the United States.
For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s page on lung cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung.
Treatment at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Lung cancer patients at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center are seen through the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine Clinic, located on the fourth floor of The Kirklin Clinic. The lung cancer clinic is made up of physicians dedicated to treating each type of lung cancer with the latest technology. These specialists in oncology, hematology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology all work together with specialists in other areas of care when necessary to give patients the most comprehensive approach to treatment possible.
Lung Cancer Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Because Alabama has one of the highest rates of lung cancer in the United States, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is actively involved in researching the biology of this disease as well as new and more effective ways to treat it.
The Cancer Center’s thoracic oncology team performs more lung cancer surgeries than literally anywhere else in the world – more than 1,200 per year. Center physicians have researched and written extensively about more effective and less painful ways of performing lung surgery that are more beneficial to patients.
Related Services at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
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