Expert lung cancer care in San Antonio
At Methodist Healthcare, our Methodist Heart and Lung Institute Lung Center is home to the latest, most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and management services for the treatment of lung disease and lung cancer in San Antonio. Our exceptional team of doctors, nurses and therapists focus primarily on the treatment of lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease.
To learn more about our lung cancer services, please call the Methodist Heart and Lung Institute Lung Center at (210) 575-LUNG (5864).
Our comprehensive lung nodule program enables us to detect incidental lung nodules earlier, diagnose lung cancer at an earlier stage, and ultimately, save lives.
Types of lung cancer
There are two types of lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell.
Small-cell lung cancer is less common than non-small cell lung cancer. It occurs mostly in heavy smokers.
Non-small cell lung cancer is an umbrella term for several types of lung cancer that behave similarly. These cancers include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. among both men and women. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined.
Lung cancer screening
At Methodist Healthcare, we partner with South Texas Radiology Imaging Center (STRIC) for lung cancer screenings. STRIC provides the latest computed tomography (CT) technology available.
By performing low-dose screenings, we can reduce the amount of radiation to the patient during CT exams.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan for certain people at higher risk for lung cancer who meet the following conditions:
- Are 55 to 77 years old and in fairly good health
- Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
- Receive smoking cessation counseling if they are current smokers
- Have at least a 30-pack per year smoking history
If you meet the screening criteria listed above, you should ask your physician to order a low-dose CT screening at a STRIC location.
To schedule an appointment for low-dose CT screening, please call (210) 617-9000.
Lung cancer symptoms
Like many other cancers, lung cancer tends to not show symptoms until it becomes more advanced. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Unintended weight loss
- Coughing up blood, even a small amount
- Bone pain
- A new cough that doesn't go away
Lung cancer treatment
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians use advanced and minimally invasive approaches for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as navigational bronchoscopy with Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), as well as minimally invasive Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) procedures. Patients with small-cell lung cancer are usually treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. For non-small cell lung cancer, surgery and targeted therapy may also be recommended. Your doctor bases your treatment plan on the type and current stage of cancer.
Lung cancer nurse navigator
A lung cancer nurse navigator is a healthcare professional with specialized education in oncology who is dedicated to working with a multidisciplinary team involved in the patient's cancer care. The navigator helps support the patient and the family through the many challenges of lung cancer, serving as a personal guide along the road to recovery.
Smoking cessation services
Are you ready to be a non-smoker? Our Quit Smoking Program offers resources to help patients stop smoking and establish a healthier lifestyle.
The Quit Smoking Program includes:
- A one-on-one interview with a medical professional who has advanced knowledge of tobacco cessation counseling
- Patient enrollment in Quit Now, a state-funded program with 24/7 coaching available
- Evidence-based patient education handouts and videos
- Coordination with the patient’s primary provider to initiate adjunct tobacco cessation therapies
For dates and times of the Quit Smoking Program, please call (210) 575-8235.
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About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Methodist Healthcare is 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.
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 (210) 507-0941 or chat online at askSARAH.