Lung Cancer

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in adults. It can develop over several years and originate in any part of the respiratory system. Although not everyone who develops lung cancer is a smoker, most cases of lung cancer can be attributed to smoking and quitting can reduce this risk. 

University Cancer Care

University Cancer Care is part of University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state’s only academic medical center. Our patients benefit from:

  •  Individualized treatment plans
  •  Multidisciplinary teams of cancer specialists
  •  A team approach to each patient’s unique situation 
  •  Current medical information and medical research 
  •  State-of-the-art technology for cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment
  •  Continuous care, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery 

From nurses to dietitians and from oncologists to social workers, University Cancer Care is a team of specialists who work together to provide the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient’s particular healthcare needs.

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Using advanced technology to fight lung cancer

Lung cancer often has few symptoms in its early stages, so screening is important for early detection and treatment. We use low-dose CT scans and electromagnetic bronchoscopy to detect and diagnose cancer more quickly than with other methods.

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  • Low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan

    Sometimes called “CAT scans,” low-dose CT scans are used to see lesions—or “spots”—inside the lungs. A National Cancer Institute clinical trial has shown that early detection using low-dose CT reduced lung cancer death rates by 20 percent in high-risk populations.

    Those who are at high risk for lung cancer include:

    • Smokers
    • Firefighters
    • People with a family history of lung cancer
    • Workers who have been exposed to potentially cancer-causing materials such as asbestos
    You may qualify for a low-dose CT cancer screening. Call us today if you:
    • Are between 55 and 80 years old
    • Have no history of cancer beyond basic skin cancer (melanoma)
    • Are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
    • Have a 30 or more "pack-year" smoking history

    Pack-years = Packs of cigarettes smoked per day × Number of years smoked

    For example:

    One pack a day for 30 years = 30 pack-years
    1 × 30 = 30

    Two packs a day for 15 years = 30 pack-years
    2 × 15 = 30

    Read more about low-dose CT at UMMC:
  • Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)TM

    This alternative to traditional bronchoscopy uses 3-D imaging, GPS-like technology, and a small, flexible catheter to examine the lungs and take tissue samples. 

    Benefits of ENB:

    • Provides for earlier diagnosis and better treatment options than traditional methods
    • Can be done as an outpatient procedure, typically in a few hours or less
    • Allows physicians closer, more accurate access to deeper parts of the lung than a standard bronchoscope
    • Can be performed on patients who, due to health or age, cannot undergo other examinations such as surgical biopsy
    • Less invasive than surgery
    • Less likely to cause complications such as collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

    With ENB technology, physicians have the ability to diagnose lung cancer earlier than surgery and traditional bronchoscopy allow.

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Lung cancer and smoking

University Cancer Care offers low-dose CT screenings at a reduced cost for adults who are at risk for lung cancer due to long-term smoking.

  • Cancer screening for smokers and former smokers

    If you are concerned about lung cancer but have not been diagnosed, low-dose CT screenings are available at University Physicians – Grants Ferry in Flowood or UMMC’s main campus in Jackson. 

    Find out if you qualify for low-dose CT cancer screening or schedule an appointment by calling 601-984-5650 (ext. 2).

    Physicians should call 866-UMC-DOCS (866-862-3627).

  • If you're ready to quit smoking, we can help.

    According to research collected by the American Lung Association:

    • Quitting can save the average smoker in Mississippi about $2,500 every year.
    • Quitting smoking at any age has proven health benefits—circulation improves immediately and lungs can repair some damage caused by smoking.
    • Reducing the amount you smoke but not quitting entirely does not reduce the risk of death from tobacco-related diseases.
    • There is strong evidence that quitting smoking improves quality of life and can give you more years to enjoy smoke-free living—even if you quit late in life.
    • Less than 5 percent of people who try to quit cold turkey have long-term success.
    • Using a tobacco treatment plan doubles the success rate for people trying to quit smoking.

    Learn more about how the ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education, and Research can help you live tobacco free.

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