A lung cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed and full of questions. Here's our guide to help you prepare for your first medical oncology appointment. And, hopefully, ease your mind about what you can expect.
Our lung cancer specialists in Willamette Valley are ready to help you navigate your treatment plan as well as help you manage side effects, nutrition, and your emotional well-being.
Although smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, lung cancer risk is also increased by:
Willamette Valley Cancer Institute continues to look for new and better ways to help lung cancer patients. Research that has helped detect cancer earlier with machine learning and advancements in treatment options are helping change the future of lung cancer treatments.
One promising clinical research study, available through WVCI is called MYLUNG. The study aims to develop new targeted treatment options and is expected to improve the lives of thousands of non-small cell lung cancer patients.
Lung cancer symptoms don’t always show until the cancer has become more advanced. However, that isn’t the case for everyone. Sometimes, a slight cough or shortness of breath, especially if you never smoked, can be an early indication of lung cancer. And if these symptoms don’t clear up for anyone – smoker or nonsmoker – within a week or so, or become more severe as time goes on, it’s a sign that you should see your doctor.
Historically, lung cancer treatment is more successful the earlier it’s diagnosed. Because of that, we recommend you contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of these lung cancer symptoms:
Symptoms often change once lung cancer becomes advanced and spreads to other areas of the body. Some advanced lung cancer symptoms may include: