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Georgia Cancer Center provides exceptional outcomes to patients with lung and thoracic cancers so they can live the highest quality of life with optimum lung function.

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Lung cancer is the number one cancer in the state of Georgia and around the U.S. Most lung cancers are associated with smoking and tobacco use - it’s estimated that one in nine smokers will eventually develop lung cancer.

Lung cancer can also be caused by secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon gas exposure, or genetic predisposition.

Types of thoracic cancers we treat at Georgia Cancer Center

  • Lung
  • Trachea
  • Chest wall
  • Pericardium
  • Pulmonary system
  • Mesothelioma
  • Thymoma

Lung and thoracic cancers are often complex and challenging and may require a combination of treatments. Multidisciplinary teams at the Georgia Cancer Center work together to find and determine the stage of your cancer as quickly and precisely as possible. We use the most advanced diagnostic methods and tools, including:

  • PET (positron emission tomography) scans
  • High-resolution CT (computed tomography) scans
  • Endobronchial and esophageal ultrasound
  • Advanced bronchoscopic imaging
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

As part of lung cancer awareness month, the Georgia Cancer Center and Augusta University Health we are proud to announce the creation of Thoracic Oncology NOW clinic at Georgia Cancer Center. This clinic takes place every Wednesday afternoon and Lung Cancer patients will get to see surgical oncologists (Dr. Dan Miller, Dr. John Kuckleman), medical oncologist (Dr. Girindra Raval), interventional pulmonologist (Dr. Rabih Bechara) and radiation oncologist (Dr. William Grubb), back-to-back at the same time, there by significantly decreasing time to treatment and improving patient satisfaction as patients will get all consulting in one stop.

Patients can also avail themselves of nutritional consultants, financial Personnel, and social worker at the same time, if needed to provide comprehensive care. Patients can be scheduled in our NOW clinic with our Nurse Navigator – Ms. Stephanie Turner, RN at 706-721-3453.

In addition to the above, under the leadership of Dr. Dan Miller, Augusta University, will now be offering Artificial Intelligence driven Optellum technology to detect lung nodule, more accurately at an early stage as part of our Lung Cancer Screening and lung nodule clinic.

The two initiatives – Thoracic NOW clinic and AI driven lung nodule screening are part of an effort from our end to provide exceptional patient care while at the same time, decreasing the burden on patients. We are hopeful this will provide a much-needed service to our patients, would be well received and improve patient satisfaction.

Lung cancer screenings are important because they check the health of your lungs to find cancer in its earlier stages when it's more treatable.

Call for a lung cancer screening appointment
706 -721-1628
8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday – Friday

 

Should I get screened?

Lung cancer can happen to anyone, however, people who smoke tobacco products have a higher risk of developing lung disease and cancer. If you meet the following criteria, contact Georgia Cancer Center, or your doctor, to arrange a low-dose CT chest scan with us.

  1. 50 – 80 years of age.
  2. Currently smoke cigarettes or have quit within the past 15 years.
  3. Smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years OR smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for 10 years.
  4. Have no symptoms of lung cancer (cough, pain, weight loss, coughing up blood, or shortness of breath).

In addition to smoking, consider lung cancer screenings if you have at least one additional risk factor that compromises your lung health, such as:

  • Personal cancer history (head and neck cancer, breast cancer, or lymphoma)
  • Family history of lung cancer (parent, brother, sister, or child)
  • Chronic bronchitis or emphysema
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Interstitial lung disease (pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Long term exposure to asbestos
  • Asbestos-related lung disease or pulmonary asbestosis
  • Long term exposure to silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, uranium, coal smoke and soot.

Is my screening coveraged by Medicare or insurance?

Effective since 2015, Medicare covers annual lung cancer screenings. Most private or corporate health insurances will also cover lung cancer screenings for people who qualify, check with your insurance company.

We offer less-invasive surgical techniques, advanced treatment options, and therapies to help save lung function. This includes:

  • Proton therapy with the only pencil scanning beam capability in the United States
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Four-dimensional radiation therapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapies, including new chemotherapy agents, antibodies, and gene therapy.

Support Services

As a patient of Georgia Cancer Center you have access to support services that will help you before, during, and after your cancer treatments. 

  • Tobacco Cessation Program
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Image Boutique, sells supplies to help survivors look and feel their best.
  • Mental and spiritual health counseling.
  • Pain management
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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