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Lung Cancer

What is lung cancer?
Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lung. They can invade nearby tissues and form tumors. Lung cancer can start anywhere in the lungs and affect any part of the respiratory system.

The cancer cells can spread, or metastasize, to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

Lung Cancer Care at St. Luke’s MSTI

St. Luke's MSTI offers you world-class expertise unmatched in this region with treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation, and advanced surgery by a fellowship-trained thoracic oncology surgeon. With a cancer diagnosis, you want a team of skilled, insightful caregivers on your side—focusing their energy just on you, easing symptoms and side effects, and strengthening you physically, mentally, and emotionally. You’ll also have access to national clinical trials. 

If your lung screening has shown something suspicious, our thoracic nurse navigator will walk you and your primary care provider through next steps and further testing to ensure we're able to make an accurate diagnosis. And, if you are diagnosed with lung cancer, the nurse navigator will guide you and your family as you enter treatment, making sure you receive the resources and support you need.

If you have questions about lung cancer diagnosis and treatment at St. Luke's MSTI, please call our thoracic nurse navigator at (208) 381-6194.

Specialties

Procedures & Treatments

  • High doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells (tumors).
  • Medications administered orally or intravenously to treat cancer.

Supportive Oncology

Caring for the Whole Person

Supportive oncology is an integral part of the St. Luke’s MSTI philosophy that healing comes from caring for the whole person, not just the disease.


You can count on a team of experts who will work alongside your physicians to help you and your family be as strong and stable as possible during your cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.


Classes & Events

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Support Groups

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  • An ongoing support program for people with cancer and their loved ones. Share your challenges and discuss topics that influence health and well-being.

  • This ongoing support group is open to both newly diagnosed and long-time cancer survivors and their families and friends. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month, except in the event of a holiday.

Articles & Resources

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  • Article

    Screening for Lung Cancer

    Low-dose CT (or "cat") scans can find lung cancer early, when it's most treatable.

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    Lung Cancer: Should I Have Screening?

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    Lung Surgery for Lung Cancer