Lung cancer treatment in Denver

At HealthONE, our oncologists and pulmonologists are dedicated to providing high-quality care for patients with lung cancer. Because lung cancer is often an aggressive type of cancer, and not detected until patients are symptomatic, our multidisciplinary team works fast to care for patients.

Through a collaborative approach and advanced services, our goal is to provide patients with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

For more information about cancer diagnosis, treatment and other services, call askSARAH at (303) 253-3225.

Multidisciplinary lung cancer care

Our multidisciplinary team works together to ensure each patient has a personalized treatment plan and is supported through every step of their cancer journey. Our team meets weekly to discuss any updates to your care plan and how we can support you during your care.

Your lung cancer team of experts includes:

  • Genetic counselors
  • Pathologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiation therapists
  • Radiologists
  • Research investigators
  • Thoracic surgeons

Lung nodule clinics

If you are a patient with lung abnormalities found on medical imaging, our lung nodule clinics are here to help. As a virtual program, the lung nodule clinic connects you with nurse navigators. Our nurse navigators will collaborate with your entire healthcare team to help you navigate through diagnosis, appointments, hospital and community resources, treatment decisions and survivorship.

Based on your scan, your nurse navigator will make recommendations for follow-up care—including a specialist referral, if needed—and coordinate the proper services throughout your care journey.

Robotic bronchoscopy

If you recently learned you have a suspicious nodule on your lung, you may find yourself struggling to cope with the uncertainty of whether the nodule is benign or cancerous. Finding the answers you need can feel like a long process, but it doesn't have to be.

Bronchoscopy has become a cornerstone in the evaluation of patients suspected of having lung cancer. The Lung Nodule Clinic at Swedish Medical Center was the first facility in Colorado to perform minimally invasive peripheral lung biopsies using robot-assisted technology. This technological advancement offers doctors the stability and increased precision needed for a biopsy far into the lungs. Robotic bronchoscopy allows doctors to diagnose lung cancer earlier than ever before.

Lung cancer screenings

Lung cancer screenings are performed using a computed tomography (CT) scan to take a picture of your lungs. No medications are given, and no needles are used. The goal of lung screening is to identify cancer at an early stage.

Without lung cancer screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat. An annual scan is recommended for most individuals who meet the screening criteria.

Who should get a lung screening?

Lung cancer screening is recommended for people who are at high risk for lung cancer.

We recommend a lung cancer screening if you:

  • Are 55 to 77 years old
  • Current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
  • Have a 30 “pack-year” history (a pack year is defined as smoking one pack per day)

Are you at risk for lung cancer?

If you meet one of the following criteria, you may be at risk:

  • Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products
  • Breathing in secondhand smoke from other people’s cigarettes, cigars or pipes
  • Being exposed to high levels of radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt that can get trapped in houses and buildings
  • Being exposed to workplace substances, including asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust and some forms of silica and chromium
  • Being a lung cancer survivor, especially if you smoke
  • Being a cancer survivor who had radiation therapy to the chest
  • Being a smoker who takes beta-carotene supplements
  • Having parents, brothers, sisters or children who have had lung cancer

A majority of cancers are caused by smoking and tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. It is possible to get this type of cancer even if you have never smoked since even being exposed to second-hand smoke can be a factor.

Lung cancer symptoms

Symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Hoarse voice
  • Pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained weight loss or lack of appetite

These symptoms may indicate the presence of other health problems, but see your doctor if you think you may be at risk of lung cancer and are experiencing these symptoms.

Types of lung cancer we treat

Our specialists treat many types of lung cancer, including:

  • Large cell lung cancer
  • Lung adenocarcinoma
  • Lung carcinoid tumors
  • Lung hamartoma
  • Lung mesothelioma
  • Lung sarcoma
  • Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC)
  • Pleural fibroma
  • Pulmonary lymphoma
  • Small cell lung cancer
  • Squamous cell lung cancer

Treatment for lung cancer

Our main goal when providing treatment is to produce positive outcomes for our patients. With many new, cutting-edge imaging technologies and cancer treatments, our specialists are able to help patients with lung cancer live longer and healthier lives.

We offer a wide range of treatments, including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical procedures

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.