Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States. Approximately 1 in 15 people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
Single Day Consults
If you are newly diagnosed with lung cancer, you can be evaluated in a one-day clinic as part of our multidisciplinary cancer clinic. These single-day consults reduce the time between diagnosis and treatment. You get convenience, peace of mind, and (most importantly) better outcomes.
Improving Lung Cancer Diagnostics
A lung nodule is a spot or a shadow on a lung. The more irregularly the spot is shaped, the higher the suspicion of lung cancer. The Lung Nodule Clinic at Aurora BayCare aims to evaluate these nodules appropriately and quickly, without putting patients through an unnecessary biopsy.
While lung biopsies are generally safe, they do come with risks, including the potential for collapsing your lung. The Lung Nodule Clinic provides a systematic evaluation of your condition. A panel of lung cancer experts reviews your test results and provides recommendations for further evaluation or treatment.
Our lung cancer detection team has the only board certified interventional pulmonologist in the region. Through minimally invasive procedures that combine ultrasound, endoscopy and imaging, sampling of the lungs, pleura and lymph nodes can be done as an outpatient procedure with minimal discomfort and faster results.
Video Assisted Lobectomy
For people with lung cancer, a lobectomy often offers the the best chance at a cure. A lobectomy is the surgical removal of a large section of the lung, and it's traditionally performed during an open thoracotomy in which the patient's ribs are spread.
Aurora BayCare offers a minimally invasive way to perform lobectomies called video-assisted thorascopic (VATS) lobectomy.
A VATS lobectomy offers great long-term clinical outcomes. It's more comfortable than a conventional lobectomy and provides several other immediate benefits:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster overall recovery
- Smaller incisions = less pain
- Faster readiness for chemotherapy or radiation
- Better lung function after surgery
Advances in Lung Cancer Radiation
New technology allows us to provide precise radiation to a small targeted area. The TrueBeam computer synchronizes with your breathing and movement to provide more detailed treatment with less impact on the healthy lung tissue surrounding a cancerous nodule. Focused radiation with respiratory monitoring is known as Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT).
Aurora BayCare is the only hospital in Northeast Wisconsin offering TrueBeam technology.
Better Lung Cancer Screening
Aurora BayCare uses CT scans for lung cancer screening following a national clinical trial that improves a patient’s chances of survival.
A lung cancer screening looks for cancer before a person has any symptoms, finding it at an early stage. Aurora BayCare Medical Center's Lung Cancer Screening consists of a low-radiation dose CT scan of your chest, which will then be reviewed by a radiologist and shared with your doctor. For more information, contact your primary care provider.