Lung cancer is cancer that usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can also begin in other areas of the lungs, including the bronchioles, or alveoli. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Research shows that lung cancer kills more Americans than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. For men, the average lifetime chance of developing lung cancer is 1 in 13, but for smokers the risk is even higher. Without early detection screening, more than 95 percent of lung cancer patients eventually die from their lung cancer, often within a few years after being diagnosed.
In partnership with Illinois Lung & Critical Care Institute, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center provides diagnosis, treatment and support for those diagnosed with lung cancer. From our CT Lung Cancer Screening Program to our Lung Nodule Clinic and Navigators our multidisciplinary team of lung cancer specialists provides individualized care and compassionate support services tailored to the needs of each patient we serve.