Lung cancer screening and treatment in Baltimore
We’re dedicated to detecting lung cancer early, when it’s more treatable. Your doctor and care team start by listening to understand you and your health concerns. Cancer specialists at Ascension Saint Agnes provide lung screening tests and advanced treatments for lung, esophagus and other chest cancers. We work with you to create a care plan that’s right for you. Cancer is personal, so is how we care for you.
Multispecialty care for lung and esophageal cancer
A cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming. But you’re not alone. You have a multispecialty care team dedicated to your care. At Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital Cancer Institute, your care team of cancer care specialists may include a:
- Medical oncologist
- Oncology nurse
- Pulmonary medicine specialist
- Radiation oncologist
- Thoracic surgeon
We work together to deliver targeted therapies and supportive cancer care for your needs. At regular meetings, your team of doctors reviews your care plan and discusses your progress. And your care team then works together with you to adjust your care plan based on your needs.
As part of our multispecialty approach to cancer care, we offer pulmonary rehabilitation and nutrition counseling. If you are interested in participating in cancer care clinical trials, talk with your oncologist to discuss your options. We can help connect you with clinical trials that are right for you.
Benefits of our approach to cancer care
You’ll find a healing place to renew your body, mind and spirit. Our cancer center is on the campus of Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital in southwest Baltimore. Our network of cancer specialists extends throughout Baltimore County, Catonsville, Columbia and Laurel, Maryland.
When you choose us, you have an entire team dedicated to your care and connecting the dots for you. For more information about cancer services, call 667-234-2918.
We offer a range of services on our campus, with convenient valet parking. Transportation to and from appointments can be arranged for you. Our oncology care teams work together to help make your appointments as easy and coordinated as possible.
Cancer support programs and services
When you’re going through cancer care, we’re by your side. Your doctors and care team are here to help, listen and offer services that help support your treatment plan. Have a conversation with our patient consult coordinator — ask any question, big or small. And we offer an extended care team for emotional support — chaplain, palliative care specialist and oncology-certified social worker. Our healing garden and chapel are always open for you and your loved ones. Other services include:
- Cancer rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation
- Financial aid counselors
- Oncology-trained pharmacists
- Patient and caregiver support groups
Specialty care for lung and chest disorders
Our doctors diagnose and treat many lung and chest conditions, including:
- Cancer in the windpipe (trachea)
- Esophageal cancer between the throat and the stomach
- Lung cancer
- Lung nodules
- Non-cancerous tumors
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Pleural cancer
- Thymus cancer
Diagnosing and treating lung and other cancers in the chest
Surgeons specialize in treating lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lung nodules and other chest diseases, airway disorders and breathing disorders, such as COPD. Chest surgeons use minimally invasive techniques when possible to find and remove lung tumors. This technology helps shorten your recovery after surgery. We also provide other treatments for lung cancer, including:
- Chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy to stop the growth of cancer cells
- Nutrition counseling to help improve recovery
- Radiation therapy with high-energy radiation beams directed at cancerous lung cells
- Surgery to remove the affected part of the lung
Lung cancer symptoms to watch for
Talk to your doctor about your health concerns. Lung cancer symptoms may include:
- Chest pain
- Coughing that gets worse or doesn’t go away
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling tired all the time
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss with no known cause
If your doctor recommends getting a low-dose CT lung scan, this imaging test once started can help find lung nodules and cancer early, when tumors are most treatable. Finding cancer early means there may be more options for treatment too. To schedule an imaging test, call Ascension Saint Agnes Imaging Center, 410-368-8675.