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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer results when cells in the lungs multiply and grow tumors; it is the main cause of death from cancer in the U.S. At Midwest Chest Consultants in St. Charles, Missouri, our lung cancer doctors provide early diagnosis and treatment for this potentially fatal disease, which greatly increases your chances of a successful outcome.

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Lung cancer may not cause many symptoms in the early stages. But symptoms to watch for include:

  • Newly developed cough or worsening of a chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Developing pneumonia or bronchitis many times
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual fatigue

Lung Cancer Causes

The main cause of lung cancer is smoking. Lung cancer risk may also be increased by exposure to second-hand smoke, industrial chemicals, or polluted air or water.

Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Our doctors will first perform a detailed health history and physical examination. Tell your doctor if you smoke or smoked in the past. We’ll listen to your lungs, and we may ask you to perform breathing or pulmonary tests.

We may also diagnose cancer by using chest X-rays, an MRI scan, and/or a CT scan. Other tests that may be used include a bronchoscopy, which views the insides of your lungs, and a thoracoscopy, where a biopsy is taken of the lining inside and outside your lungs.

Lung Cancer Treatments

The treatment we recommend for lung cancer will depend on the type and stage of lung cancer you have. It can include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or surgery to remove the tumor, part of a lung, or all of a lung.

Lung Cancer Treatment from Board-Certified Pulmonary Specialists

If you suspect that you or a loved one has lung cancer, make an appointment with one of our pulmonary doctors in St. Charles, MO today. Do not delay seeking diagnosis and treatment – the earlier lung cancer is detected, the greater the chance we can treat it successfully. Call Midwest Chest Consultants at (636) 946-1650 or request an appointment online.