Lung cancer is the second most common cancer affecting men (after prostate cancer) and women (after breast cancer). Even though it’s not the most common type of cancer, it’s by far the leading cause of cancer related death in this country. Lung cancer primarily affects older adults, although it can happen at any age. This is why lung cancer screening is so important – helping to detect cancer at an earlier stage and save lives.
Unfortunately, by the time these symptoms are present, the cancer is often more advanced. Early lung cancer is often asymptomatic.
Who should get screened?
People with a history of cigarette smoking have a higher risk of lung cancer. Based on the National Lung Screening Trial findings, lung cancer screening is recommended for this group of people:
How do I get screened? To schedule a screening contact your primary care office. Find a Primary Care Provider
For more information, call the Aurora Health Care Screening program at 855-229-0924 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Tunneled pleural catheters: A tube is placed in your chest to drain fluid from around your lung, and left there so that you can remove additional fluid yourself at home. Once all the fluid is gone, the tube is taken out.
No matter which treatment option you choose you'll have a team of dedicated specialists with you every step of the way. They include medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional pulmonologists, and cancer nurse navigators.
At Aurora, we’ll work with you on a personalized fibrous dysplasia treatment plan to meet your needs. If you’re not having symptoms, your doctor might just keep a close eye on your condition. If you have symptoms, we can help ease chronic pain, remove scar tissue and mend fractures and facial deformities.
If fibrous dysplasia is damaging your vision or your nerves, surgeons can reduce the pressure on your optic nerve or replace a damaged bone with healthy bone grafted from another part of your body.
If the condition is affecting your skull, we can treat you using a minimally invasive procedure called the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA) It lets doctors insert a thin, lighted tube through your nose to safely remove scar-like fibrous tissue. It doesn’t require incisions, so you’ll have a shorter hospital stay, a faster recovery and no risk of scars.