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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer often takes several years to develop and is rare in people under 45 years of age. However, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women, outnumbering colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

The American Cancer Society estimates that roughly 228,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and nearly 160,000 deaths will result from lung cancer in the United States.

Lung Cancer Treatment: Why Choose Dignity Health

Dignity Health's Lung & Esophageal Program in Sacramento focuses on providing the best possible outcomes with multispecialty care for patients diagnosed with even the most complex cases of lung cancer.

Using superDimension® bronchoscopy—a GPS-like navigation system—our surgeons can steer a small catheter through the mouth or nose, down the trachea and far into the lung to locate and biopsy suspicious lesions without open surgery.

This new life-saving technology makes previously inaccessible lesions now accessible for early detection and treatment of lung cancer.

Other lung cancer diagnostic and treatment methods we offer at Dignity Health include:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy (EBUS), an advanced method to biopsy lymph nodes surrounding the lungs
  • Mediastinoscopy, a technique that allows us to assess whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the mediastinum, the space between the lungs
  • Thoracotomy, removing a lung lobe
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive procedure used for thoracic surgery

Lung Cancer Treatment in Northern California

Learn more about Dignity Health's comprehensive lung cancer care: