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Ask an expert: Why do nonsmokers get lung cancer?

Q: “I know two women who have lung cancer, and neither of them has ever smoked. How could this happen to them? I thought lung cancer was caused by smoking.”

Lung Cancer: "Ask an Expert" and Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions answered by Providence lung cancer experts. Find answers to many questions that are commonly asked about smoking, tobacco use and lung cancer.

Chest Watch Event - Twitter Highlights

Bringing science education to life, Providence School Outreach hosted more than 125 Portland-area high school students for a live “Chest Watch” surgery as Dr. John Handy, thoracic surgeon with Providence Thoracic Oncology Program, performed an initial lung thoracoscopy and then lobectomy on a life-long smoker.

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Lung cancer patient information

Find information about diagnosis, treatment, and living with lung cancer.

Providence Cancer Center Specialty Clinics

Providence Cancer Center offers several multidisciplinary specialty clinics that provide a vital "one-stop" resource for patients with cancer and certain other conditions.

Thoracic Oncology Program Symposia and Seminars

Lung cancer educational seminars are offered annually in November. These are on a three-year rotation with seminars specific to primary care providers, lung specialists and patients.

Cancer Conference Instructions

Information for Healthcare Professionals on how to access Providence Cancer Conferences.

Clinical publications

Learn clinical best practices and the latest advances in techniques, treatments, technology and research. Newsletter articles are reviewed by physician editorial boards and are written by Providence specialists in brain, spine, cancer, orthopedics, and heart and vascular medicine.

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Early-phase clinical trials open new opportunities

Providence's involvement with the International Immuno-Oncology Network, along with other early-phase studies, is broadening treatment options for patients with advanced cancers. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., co-medical director, Providence Thoracic Oncology Program

Lung Cancer FAQ: Chemotherapy for stage IV lung cancer

Q: "I have stage IV lung cancer. Why is chemotherapy sometimes used to treat later stage (Stage IV) lung cancer? What would happen if I did not take chemotherapy?"

Lung Cancer FAQ: Inherited risk of lung cancer

Q: "I have lung cancer, what risk is there that my family will develop lung cancer?"

Lung Cancer FAQ: Lung cancer types and treatments

Q: "What are the different types of lung cancer and what treatments are used for each type?"

Lung Cancer FAQ: Risk of cancer from smoking

Q: "What is the real risk of getting lung cancer if you smoke cigarettes and is there a "safe" smoking level?"

Lung Cancer FAQ: Risk of exposure from smoking ten years ago

Q: I stopped smoking ten years ago, how much risk is there that I will develop lung cancer?

Lung Cancer FAQ: Secondhand smoke

Q: My father and mother smoked during my childhood, what is my risk of lung cancer from this second hand smoke?

Lung Cancer FAQ: Symptoms of lung cancer

Q: What symptoms of lung cancer would be important to have checked out by a physician?

Lung Cancer FAQ: Using bronchoscopy to detect lung cancer

Q: What is a bronchoscopy and why is it used to detect lung cancer?

Lung Cancer Overview for Primary Care Providers

John R. Handy, Jr., M.D., discusses the epidemiology of lung cancer and sets the stage for the remainder of the presentations at Providence Thoracic Oncology Program's seventh annual lung cancer symposium. 

Lung cancer screening comes of age

Advanced imaging now leads to earlier detection and better outcomes. Which of your patients will benefit most from annual screening? – By Jonathan Daniel, M.D., thoracic surgeon

Promising developments in lung cancer screening

A large national study reports that suspicious findings were three times greater with CT scans than with chest X-rays. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., medical oncologist

Providence Stop-Smoking Resources

If you smoke, one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health is to quit smoking. Providence Health & Services supports you in this effort. The resources below can help you stop smoking for good.

Sixth Annual Providence Thoracic Oncology Symposium

Providence Cancer Center offered this state-of-the-art symposium to lung cancer specialists in the Pacific Northwest on November 17, 2007. 

The most recent technological advances in pulmonology, thoracic surgery, interventional pulmonology and radiation oncology were presented by internationally renowned physicians who share Providence Thoracic Oncology Program's  dedication to advancing state-of-the-art care for lung cancer patients nationwide.

Follow the links below to view the symposium presentations in their entirety.

Smoking’s Immediate Effects on the Body

Many teenagers and adults think that there are no effects of smoking on their bodies until they reach middle age. Smoking-caused lung cancer, other cancers, heart disease, and stroke typically do not occur until years after a person's first cigarette. However, there are many serious harms from smoking that occur much sooner. In fact, smoking has numerous immediate health effects on the brain and on the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immune and metabolic systems.

Smoking: You CAN kick the habit – and we can help

You already know that smoking is unhealthy. The word has been out since the first Surgeon General’s Report in 1964. One out of four smokers will die from their tobacco addiction. More than 420,000 will die this year. It is the single most preventable cause of death or illness in our country.

Studying apricoxib with erlotinib for lung cancer

A trial testing apricoxib with erlotinib showed longer survival in younger patients with metastatic lung cancer, but failed to meet its goal. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., medical oncologist

The Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Imagine, for a moment, being inside your lungs, watching the millions of tiny hairs called cilia do their job of filtering out impurities. Then, observe as the smoke from one cigarette invades the lungs, paralyzing the cilia for 24 hours.

The Risks of Smoking -- and the Benefits of Quitting

Let’s get specific: Reivew this chart to remind yourself of the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Care Approach

Providence Thoracic Oncology Program takes a multidisciplinary care approach to treating lung cancer. Your multidisciplinary thoracic oncology care team consists of the following trained specialists:

Crizotinib may be a powerful weapon against lung cancer

In early studies, nearly 90 percent of patients with an ALK genetic mutation responded to the drug, which targets metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., co-medical director, Providence Thoracic Oncology Program

Recommended Resource

Aetna InteliHealth: Tobacco Cessation

Aetna’s InteliHealth resource on tobacco cessation including the basics and resources for quitting.

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Website

American Association for Thoracic Surgery is a website promoting scholarship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

The primary purpose and most essential function of the Board is to protect the public by establishing and maintaining high standards in thoracic surgery. 

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society’s home page with links to all types of cancer, symptoms, treatment options, statistics trials and ways to contribute. 

American Cancer Society: Cancer staging

American Cancer Society’s description and explanation of staging cancer. Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer there is in the body and where it is located. It is how the doctor learns the stage of a person's cancer. Doctors use this information to plan treatment and to help find out a person's outlook (prognosis). 

American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking

The American Cancer Society’s guide to quitting smoking including questions people need to know about quitting and the steps to do so.

American College of Surgeons Oncology Group

The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) was established to evaluate the surgical management of patients with malignant solid tumors.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association website is a patient and care provider resource with information about respiratory illnesses from asthma to emphysema. Includes causes, warning signs and symptoms, research and patient care treatment resources.

American Thoracic Society Website

The American Thoracic Society was founded to help find a cure for tuberculosis. Today, the society is devoted to ongoing lung health and research.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: Symptoms of tobacco dependence after brief intermittent use

A research article on the development and assessment of nicotine dependence in Youth-2 Study (youth who smoke occasionally.)

Healthfinder.gov: Lung Cancer

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services page on Lung Cancer. The site lists risks and causes of lung cancer, along with resources for additional facts and information.

Healthfinder.gov: Smoking Cessation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services resource page on Smoking Cessation including a quick guide to healthy living and tools to quit.

Medline Plus: Lung cancer

U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus page on lung cancer. This page provides definition, symptoms and resources for treatmtent.

Medline Plus: Quitting Smoking

U.S. National Library of Medicine Medline Plus topic tool on quitting smoking. Provides a guide, overview, research and resources.

Medline Plus: Smoking

U.S. National Library of Medicine Medline Plus topic tool on what smoking is and does to the body.

Morbidity and Mortality of Major Pulmonary Resections in Patients with Early-Stage Lung Cancer: Initial Results of the Randomized, Prospective ACOSOG Z0030 Trial.

Abstract BACKGROUND: Little prospective, multiinstitutional data exist regarding the morbidity and mortality after major pulmonary resections for lung cancer or whether a mediastinal lymph node dissection increases morbidity and mortality.

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute home page with links to all cancer topics, clinical trial information, statistics, research and treatment information.

National Cancer Institute: Lung cancer

The National Cancer Institute’s page on lung cancer, providing the definition, estimated cases and deaths and resources for research and funding.

National Cancer Institute Prevention and Cessation of Cigarette Smoking: Control of Tobacco Use

National Cancer Institute’s overview of Prevention and steps for how to get into a cessation program.

National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline

National Cancer Institute’s page on free resources available to help someone quit smoking, including the national Quit Line.

National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine is an online resource from the National Institutes of Health with featured health information for the public and health care professionals.

Oregon Tobacco Quit Line

Oregon’s resource for smoking cessation. Provides online tools and support in English and Spanish.

Quitnet

Quitnet is an online community dedicated to quitting smoking. It includes a community room, resources, tools and support for people who want to quit online.

RadiologyInfo.org

The radiology information resource for patients, provides a glossary of terms and information about patient safety and treatment.

CancerCare.org

Cancer Care is a national nonprofit that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Cancer.net (AKA: People Living with Cancer)

Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Cancer.net: Lung cancer resources

Cancer.Net page for lung cancer provides an overview of the disease, statistics and places to go to learn about risk factors and treatment.