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Lung Cancer Treatment in Tacoma, WA

Treatment Available from Our Five Offices in Washington

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, and is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. The lungs act as sponges, absorbing and filtering out anything that can be harmful to you to provide clean oxygen for your body. So as you expose your lungs to more harmful substances, particles and chemicals, you may be doing excessive harm on the health of your lungs, possibly leading to lung cancer.

Northwest Medical Specialties offers lung cancer treatment from their five office locations in Washington State:

Types of Treated Lung Cancer

Non-Small Cell is the most common type of lung cancer, but is slower growing than small cell. About 85% of lung cancers are non-small cell cancer. Some examples of non-small cell lung cancer include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

Small Cell lung cancer is an aggressive cancer that looks small and oval-shaped. This is also called oat cell cancer. This type only accounts for about 10-15% of lung cancers.

Lung Carcinoid Tumor only accounts for about 5% of all lung cancers. They are also known as lung neuroendocrine tumors. These tumors grow very slowly and rarely spread.

Risk Factors of Lung Cancer

The following increases your risk of getting lung cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Being exposed to chemicals or pollution
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Being infected with HPV
  • Having a family history of lung cancer
  • Age (the average age of diagnosis is around 70 years old)

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

If you experience the following symptoms that are often signs of lung cancer or another condition, talk with your doctor:

  • Chest pain
  • Cough, trouble breathing, wheezing, hoarseness
  • Blood in sputum
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swelling in the face or neck

Stages of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Stage I: The cancer is located only in the lungs and has not spread to any lymph nodes.

Stage II: The cancer is in the lung and nearby lymph nodes.

Stage III: Cancer is found in the lung and in the lymph nodes in the middle of the chest, also described as locally advanced disease. Stage III has two subtypes:

  • If the cancer has spread only to lymph nodes on the same side of the chest where the cancer started, it is called stage IIIA.
  • If the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes on the opposite side of the chest, or above the collar bone, it is called stage IIIB.

Stage IV: This is the most advanced stage of lung cancer, and is also described as advanced disease. This is when the cancer has spread to both lungs, to fluid in the area around the lungs, or to another part of the body, such as the liver or other organs.

What Can You Do to Prevent Lung Cancer

The best thing you can do is to quit smoking, or to remove yourself from an environment with smoking. Smoking and secondhand smoke are the biggest causes of lung cancer. Even if you’ve been smoking for years, quitting can greatly reduce your chances of getting cancer.

Regular visits with your doctor can also help with prevention, especially if you know you’re at risk. Even if you are diagnosed, it can be treated in its early stages. To learn more, contact us at Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC in the Tacoma, WA area.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control