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What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer kills more people than any other type of cancer. In 2012, it is estimated that more than 226,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed and more than 160,000 people will die from it. Most lung cancers are directly linked to smoking tobacco.

The most common types of lung cancer are those found right in the lungs:

Other rarer types of cancer may also occur in the lungs and chest wall:

Another type of lung cancer is metastatic disease to the lung, cancer that began in another part of the body, for example, bladder, breast, or colon. Treatment for this type of lung cancer will depend on the patient’s prognosis and where the lung tumors are located.

Diagnosis and Treatment

At Johns Hopkins, the staff that treats these cancers—doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, and others—specialize in the treatment of thoracic cancers (those found in the lung or chest). Their goal is to provide accurate screening, diagnosis, and staging so that the right treatment can be started as soon as possible.

Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, or a combination of those therapies, all aimed at extending the patient’s life as long as possible. A pioneering research program is uncovering groundbreaking treatments that offer promise to all cancer patients. Clinical trials offer patients a way to participate in that research.

Through our multidisciplinary clinic, patients and families can meet with specialists to discuss their diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Another clinic offers lung cancer screening and evaluation of pulmonary nodules that may indicate or develop into cancer.

Find out more

For an appointment and answers to your questions

As a leading treatment center for lung cancer, Johns Hopkins offers its patients personalized care, specialized treatment, and pioneering therapies to extend life.

To make an appointment or if you have questions, call 410-955-LUNG (5864).