Lung Cancer Overview


Lung cancer is the most common cancer after skin cancer. About 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.

Better Survival Rates for Lung Cancer

Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. On average, people with lung cancer who begin their treatment with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) have better survival rates than those who started treatment elsewhere.

Region’s Most Experienced Treatment Program

The SCCA Lung Cancer Program is the largest, most experienced program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Through SCCA, you have access to the full spectrum of lung cancer treatments, including new treatments available through clinical studies. In fact, more clinical studies on lung cancer take place here than anywhere else in the region, so our patients have access to the latest treatment options.

Doctors and Surgeons with Leading-Edge Expertise

SCCA patients are cared for by a team of specialists, including:

  • Medical oncologists who specialize in targeted therapies and advanced chemotherapy treatments
  • Surgeons who have expertise in complex, minimally invasive surgeries, such as video-assisted thoracic surgery
  • Radiation oncologists who have special expertise in targeted radiation therapy

Early Detection and Prevention Services

Doctors in our Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic evaluate patients who have been diagnosed with abnormalities that might be signs of lung cancer, such as enlarged lymph nodes, pulmonary nodules, or a lung mass. They also offer the latest information on lung cancer risk factors and early detection. SCCA’s pulmonologists are working on clinical studies to find better methods of detecting lung cancer at the earliest possible stages.