Each year, more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer, and more die from this disease than from any other cancer type. That is often because by the time individuals develop symptoms of lung cancer, the disease has already spread and cure is more difficult.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is here to help. Learn more about:
- Lung cancer screening
- Lung Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Clinic
- Tobacco-cessation counseling
Lung cancer screening can save your life
If you are at high risk for lung cancer based on your age, smoking history and other factors, you might benefit from a fast and simple computed tomography (CT) scan to check for early signs of lung cancer. Together, SCCA and UW Medicine offer screenings at five convenient locations across Puget Sound.
- Learn whether you qualify for a CT screening.
- Call (206) 606-1434 to request an appointment for screening.
Rapid diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer
- Call (206) 606-6100 to request an appointment.
Who is the clinic for?
- You are worried you might be at risk for lung cancer.
- You have been told recently that you have a pulmonary nodule, a lung mass or enlarged lymph nodes in your lungs, which might be signs of lung cancer.
- You have a chronic cough, blood in your sputum or chest pain. (Learn more about possible lung cancer symptoms).
How we diagnose lung problems
To diagnose your condition quickly and safely, we use the latest outpatient-based, minimally invasive technology, such as:
Your doctor may also recommend screening with a low-dose CT (computed tomography) scan.
- Learn more about our program here.
We can help you quit smoking
SCCA offers Living Tobacco-Free Services to our current patients, their caregivers and their families who want to cut back or quit tobacco use. You do not have to be in Seattle to participate in and benefit from the program. We can meet with you in person or talk on the phone — whichever suits your needs. This service is provided at no charge.
- Call (206) 606-7766 to learn more about our Living Tobacco-Free Services.
Through our Living Tobacco-Free Services session, an SCCA counselor will talk with you about the following to help you achieve your goal to be tobacco-free:
- Nicotine-withdrawal medications. If you are interested in using a medication to manage nicotine-withdrawal symptoms, we can help you determine which one is best for you and help you access it.
- Stress management. If you smoke to manage stress or deal with other emotional issues, we can offer alternate approaches that will preserve and improve your health.
- Creating new habits. We can help you find strategies to break the habit of smoking.
- Educational resources and materials. We can provide written educational materials and information about other resources for quitting smoking.
You are welcome to call us as many times as you like during your journey to becoming tobacco-free. Our goal is to help you become a comfortable, confident non-smoker in a time frame that works for you.
SCCA also has an opportunity for patients who are interested in quitting smoking but do not want to make an appointment with an SCCA Tobacco Cessation counselor. We are partnering with Fred Hutch to develop a smoking cessation smartphone app called Quit2Heal and are currently recruiting study participants. The study is completely online and the app is free.
Participants who join the study will receive:
- Tools to cope with urges to smoke
- A guide to quitting smoking
- Help with staying motivated
- Up to $35 for filling out a two-month follow-up survey
Learn more about Quit2Heal and how you can join the study.
Benefits of quitting are immediate
It is never too late to stop using tobacco — quitting at any time will enable you to live a longer and healthier life. It also helps make lung cancer treatment more effective.
If you keep trying, you will succeed. Studies prove it’s worth it. Read more.
Other resources to help you quit
In addition to SCCA’s program, there are numerous websites and online forums to support you. Most of these are free, but some programs charge a fee. The secret of quitting is to not give up trying. You can do it. View a list of resources.