Screening, Diagnosis, and Monitoring

There are three ways to find lung cancer:

  1. Through a screening of high risk individuals.
  2. Incidentally while receiving a test for another illness
  3. A diagnosis based on the presence of symptoms of lung cancer.

Once you are diagnosed with lung cancer, the doctor will need to determine the location, type, size and any genetic alterations of the cancer before determining a treatment plan.  The size and location of tumors and effected lymph nodes combined will determine the stage of cancer progression and potential metastasis.