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UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Lung Cancer Program

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2011, more than 221,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer and approximately 157,000 Americans will die from lung cancer.

Lung cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. The majority of those diagnosed have a direct correlation with smoking, which increases a person's risk of getting the disease by eight times. According to the National Cancer Institute, risk factors for lung cancer include tobacco smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke, exposure to radon, asbestos and other substances, air pollution, and a personal or family history of lung cancer.

At John Stoddard Cancer Center, we are committed to caring for patients with lung cancer and will be here for you and your family every step of the way. We use a multidisciplinary team approach bringing together many different specialties to discuss the best practice for our patients to help ensure the best outcomes. Using our extensive experience dealing with every stage of this disease, our cutting-edge treatments, and vast resources, we will do everything we can to help.

Lung Cancer Screening information

Resources for Lung cancer patients at John Stoddard Cancer Center include:

  • Oncology Nurse Navigators who provide education, guidance, and support throughout each patient's journey and help access resources at Stoddard and in the community.
  • Radiation oncologists who employ state-of-the-art radiation therapy tools to treat lung cancer patients accurately and effectively.
  • Support services including social workers, psychologists, chaplains, and an on-staff clinical dietitian to help with swallowing, tasting or eating challenges.
  • Survivorship Program to provide patients with the needed support following treatment. Our program focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases


Reduce Your Risk: Lung Cancer and the Environment 

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Iowa has one of the highest levels of radon in the United States. Be sure to check radon levels in your home every two years! 

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