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Lung Cancer

Comprehensive Lung Cancer Care

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths for both men and women worldwide.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health provides comprehensive care for thoracic and lung cancer patients from early detection through screenings, to interdisciplinary patient case conferences, and dedicated lung cancer clinics for fast diagnosis and effective treatment options.

Early Detection through Screening

Through the Lung cancer screening program, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is committed to bringing awareness and accessibility to all people at high risk by offering a low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) screening to current and former smokers who have no symptoms of lung cancer. Find out more about if you qualify, how to schedule a screening and frequently asked questions.

Research shows low-dose CT scans are the most successful in detecting lung cancer in those at risk. Smokers who get lung screenings may live longer.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health also offers a Lung Nodule Program to identify and follow patients with an incidental finding of a lung nodule. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for patients through a multidisciplinary team of experts including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiology, pulmonology, thoracic surgery, and thoracic nurse navigators. The Lung Nodule Program provides prompt diagnosis and expedited care with the goal of detecting lung nodules earlier, diagnosing lung cancer at an earlier stage and ultimately, saving lives.

If an incidental lung nodule is revealed, the nurse navigator will contact the physician to discuss the patient follow-up. The nurse navigator will coordinate the plan of care, provide clinical assistance and support to the patient and family.

Patient Navigation by Oncology-trained Nurses

Our thoracic oncology nurse navigators offer clinical expertise, guidance and support to improve the patients’ care experience, assist physicians and achieve quality outcomes. Nurse navigation benefits our patients through:

  • Consistent point of contact
  • Individualized education
  • Coordination of care including office visits and appointment scheduling
  • Family and caregiver support
  • Ongoing assessment of needs including psychosocial, transportation, financial
  • Facilitating communication between all members of the healthcare team
  • Organizing multidisciplinary team case conferences to promote collaboration and efficiency in cancer treatment

Lung Cancer Clinic

The Lung Cancer Clinic, located at Research Medical Center, is the only clinic of its kind in the Kansas City metropolitan area. During an appointment, a patient will see each of their specialists within the clinic. This could include their pulmonologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and surgeon. Being able to see each of their specialists in one clinic visit, saves the patient time, effectively establishes their treatment plan and initiates treatment.

The Lung Cancer Clinic offers the shortest time between diagnosis and treatment available. Patients know their options sooner and can begin treatment in days instead of weeks or months.

Learn more about conditions we treat, pulmonary and respiratory conditions, or take an assessment to find out if you may be at risk for lung cancer.