Lung cancer is a disease that begins in the lungs. The lungs are sponge-like organs in the chest that take in oxygen when you inhale and release carbon dioxide when you exhale. When lungs work properly, oxygen is processed in the lungs and sent to the rest of the body through the blood. That oxygen is vital to functioning and survival. Carbon dioxide, a waste product of our cells, is released from the body upon exhalation. Exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen is another critically important function of the lungs.
Guide to Lung Cancer Screening
The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial is the first scientific study providing clear evidence that the low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) scan is an effective screening technique and significantly reduces death due to lung cancer in heavy smokers. Read more about this groundbreaking study.
If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.
Tune in to Health
Listen to Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, discuss surgical treatment of lung cancer.