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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.

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.

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Lung cancer patient information

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

Peer reviewed articles and outcomes

References: Attributes Contributing to Superior Outcomes in the Surgical Management Of Early-Stage Lung Cancer and Examples of Implementing...

Thoracic Surgery Outcomes Data

Patients and referring physicians need ready access to quality indicators when making decisions about surgical care.

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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?

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.

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:

Recommended Resource

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 College of Chest Physicians

A resource for thoracic surgeons that includes information about professional events, continuing education opportunities and journal articles.

American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in optimal and ethical practice environment.

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 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.) 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.

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

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 treatment.

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, multi-institutional 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 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.

Patterns of surgical care of lung cancer patients

BACKGROUND: This survey was performed to determine the patterns of surgical care provided patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). METHODS: In 2001, the American College of Surgeons carried out a patient care survey of 729 hospitals to retrieve information of NSCLC patients' history, evaluation, pathology, and surgical treatment.

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

Surgeon Specialty and Operative Mortality with Lung Resection.


OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the effect of subspecialty training on operative mortality following lung resection. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: While several different surgical subspecialists perform lung resection for cancer, many believe that this procedure is best performed by board-certified thoracic surgeons. 

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network

CTSNet, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation jointly created by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (EACTS). 

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network Journals

CTSNet’s website section devoted to professional journals published by members and colleagues.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is dedicated to enhancing the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research and advocacy.