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Lung Cancer

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with lung cancer, learned you have recurrent lung cancer or would like to get a second opinion, the Lung Cancer Clinic at Providence Regional Cancer Center offers the personalized treatment you need. You’ll meet with a team of lung cancer experts, including a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and a pulmonologist. Combining their experience in treating many kinds of cancer, the team works together – and with you – to create an individualized treatment plan.

To schedule an appointment, talk to your primary care provider or call
(509) 474-5490 or toll free, (800) 228-6618.

Lung Cancer Treatment Options at Providence

  • Surgery
  • External beam radiation
  • High-dose radiation (HDR)
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Photodynamic therapy, which combines a drug (called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent) with a specific type of light to kill cancer cells
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted chemotherapy drugs

For more information, call (509) 474-5490.

How to Prevent Lung Cancer: Stop Smoking

More than 90 percent of lung cancer cases could be avoided if people did one thing: stopped smoking.
CHER (Community Health Education and Resources) offers smoking cessation classes in Spokane. Or, ask your family doctor to help find the right stop-smoking plan for you

Educate Your Kids

Clear messages against smoking from parents, grandparents and others can help children overcome peer pressure.
Providence Regional Cancer Center is proud to partner with CHER to educate kids in Spokane about the risk of smoking. Call (509) 232-8138 to find out if your child’s school offers smoking prevention education.

For help talking to your kids about smoking:

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

  • 20 minutes after quitting: your heart rate and blood pressure drop
  • 12 hours after quitting: the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
  • 2 weeks-3 months after quitting: your circulation improves, lung function increases
  • 1-9 months after quitting: coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia (tiny hairs that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce the risk of infection.
  • 1 year after quitting: the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s
  • 5 years after quitting: risk of stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker
  • 10 years after quitting: risk of death from lung cancer is reduced to about half from when you smoked. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting: the risk of coronary heart disease is back to a non-smoker’s level

Useful links:

Guide to Quitting Smoking from the American Cancer Society
Watch a video about the American Cancer Society’s Quit Line