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Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic

The Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic is dedicated to diagnosing lung cancer early and reducing your risk if you are lung cancer–free.

Detecting lung cancer at its earliest stage and having it surgically removed have been shown to increase the five-year survival rate from less than 5 percent to nearly 70 percent.1

Make an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with an abnormality that might be a sign of lung cancer, such as enlarged lymph nodes, pulmonary nodules, or a mass in your lungs, make an appointment for an evaluation at the clinic by calling (206) 288-7222.

Before your appointment, we will collect your health records, including your radiographic images. When you visit, you’ll be evaluated by our clinic team, which includes a pulmonologist and a chest radiologist. As a patient of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), you will have immediate access to other specialists—such as interventional radiologists, nuclear radiologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists—who can share their expertise to help develop an effective plan for diagnosing and treating your disease.

How We Diagnose Lung Problems

To make rapid, safe diagnoses, we use the latest outpatient-based, minimally invasive technology, such as navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), and needle biopsy. Our researchers are also working on clinical studies to find better methods of detecting lung cancers at the earliest possible stages.

If necessary, your doctor may recommend screening with a low-dose CT (computed tomography) scan. These scans have been shown to decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer in current and former heavy smokers. Find out if you qualify for low-dose CT screening.

If You are Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, we will use EBUS to determine the type and stage of your disease rapidly so you can move on to planning treatment with SCCA’s team of world-class lung cancer doctors, including specialists in pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, medical oncology, and radiation oncology. You will have access to the latest clinical studies in lung cancer therapy.

If You Have a Different Lung Problem

If we make a diagnosis other than lung cancer, you may be referred back to your primary care provider or to our Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic for smoking-cessation services and, if needed, surveillance. You may also have the opportunity to participate in lung cancer early detection studies and help us discover better ways to find lung cancer early.

1. National Lung Screening Trial Research Team, “The National Lung Screening Trial: Overview and Study Design,” Radiology 258 (2011): 243-253, doi: 10.1148/radiol.10091808.


Our Providers

Meet our team of early-detection and prevention professionals, which includes pulmonologists, a chest radiologist, and smoking-cessation specialists.

Pulmonary Nodules

It’s important to have pulmonary nodules evaluated. But less than 10 percent of these small, roundish growths on the lung turn out to be lung cancer.

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy allows your doctor to see the airways in your lower respiratory tract using a long, narrow, lighted tube that is inserted through your nose or mouth.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

During an endobronchial ultrasound procedure, your doctor can view difficult-to-reach areas in and around your airways and take samples of cells to check for cancer.