The Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is dedicated to diagnosing lung cancer early and reducing your risk for the disease if you are lung cancer–free.
Detecting lung cancer at its earliest stage and having surgery to remove it have been shown to increase the five-year survival rate from less than 5 percent to nearly 70 percent.
Who is the clinic for?
If you are a current or former smoker, call (206) 606-6100 to make an appointment at the clinic if:
- 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, one that won’t go away, blood in your sputum or chest pain. (Learn more about possible lung cancer symptoms.)
- You recently lost weight for no known reason or lost your appetite.
What to expect
Before your appointment, we will collect your health records, including X-rays or other scans, if you have been diagnosed with an abnormality that might be a sign of lung cancer.
When you visit, you’ll be evaluated by our clinic team, which includes a pulmonologist and a chest radiologist. As an SCCA patient, you will have immediate access to other experts — such as interventional radiologists, nuclear radiologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists — who can help develop a plan to diagnose and treat your condition.
How we diagnose lung problems
To diagnose your condition quickly and safely, we use the latest outpatient-based, minimally invasive technology, such as:
- Navigational bronchoscopy
- Endobronchial ultrasound
- Needle biopsy
Your doctor may also recommend screening with a low-dose CT (computed tomography) scan, which has been shown to decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer in current and former heavy smokers.
Our researchers are working on clinical studies to find better methods of detecting lung cancers at the earliest possible stages.
If you have lung cancer
If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, we will use EBUS to rapidly determine the type and stage of your disease so you can move on to planning your lung cancer treatment with SCCA’s team of world-class doctors, including specialists in pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. You will have access to the full spectrum of lung cancer treatment options, including innovative therapies available in clinical studies.
If you have a different lung problem
If we make a diagnosis other than lung cancer, we may refer you back to your primary care provider for treatment or to our Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic for help to quit smoking and, if needed, surveillance (ongoing monitoring). 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.
Make an appointment
Call (206) 606-6100 to make an appointment at the Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic.