Disease & Drug Info

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer begins when cells in a lung become abnormal and begin growing out of control. When the abnormal cancer cells grow, they can form into a tumor and even spread to other areas of the body (metastasize).

Review this section's important information about lung cancer diagnosis, staging, and treatment options, as well as lung cancer patient and survivor resources as you prepare for an appointment with your oncologist. After reviewing these sections, ask your cancer care team any additional questions that you may have about your individual situation.

  • If there is a suspicion that you may have lung cancer, your doctor will order tests to look for cancerous cells and make a lung cancer diagnosis. There are a variety of tests that can be used to diagnose either Non-Small Cell or Small Cell Lung Cancer; your doctor may recommend one (or more) of the following tests; Chest X-Ray, Biopsy, Sputum Cytology or Imaging Tests.

  • There are two types of lung cancer: Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Each type is named based on the kind of cells found in the cancer and how the cells appear when viewed under a microscope. The cancer cells of each type grow and spread differently which affects the types of treatment that are used. 

  • The best lung cancer treatment plan for you will be based on your type of lung cancer, the stage of your lung cancer and various other factors. The lung cancer doctors at NYOH work together with you to develop your treatment plan. Your treatment options may include Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Immunotherapy, Laser Therapy, Endoscopic Stent Placement, or Targeted Therapy.

  • From support groups to chemotherapy classes, hereditary risk assessment to financial support through our NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, the cancer specialists at New York Oncology Hematology are here for you every step of the way. We encourage you to learn more and take advantage of our supportive care services.

  • Lung Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

    New York Oncology Hematology cancer researchers, partnered with the US Oncology Network, are leading the way to finding a new cancer treatment options through clinical trials that are available at seven convenient locations in Albany, Amsterdam, Clifton Park in Saratoga County, Hudson, Rexford and Troy.

    We are always looking for the latest cancer treatment options for our patients and are also involved with many other types of breakthrough lung cancer research studies. Click for a full list of our available lung cancer research studies.

  • Lung Cancer Survivor Testimonial

    Read real stories from cancer survivors, including lung cancer survivors, right in your community. Learn about their patient experience and why they trust New York Oncology Hematology with their cancer care.

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