Advanced pulmonology in San Jose, California
The interventional pulmonology program at Regional Medical Center of San Jose uses cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic services to treat benign airway disorders, lung cancer and other lung diseases. Procedures are generally safer and require a shorter recovery time than more invasive procedures.
For more information about our pulmonary care services, please call (408) 259-5000.
Lung cancer treatment in San Jose, California
At Regional Medical Center, we have a comprehensive team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, oncology certified nurses and respiratory therapists who provide compassionate lung cancer care. From diagnosis to treatment, our Lung Cancer Screening Center and Community Cancer Center are here for you and your loved ones.
Lung cancer screenings
Regional Medical Center offers low-dose computed tomography (CT) screenings for lung cancer. This exam can detect cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable.
The lung cancer screening consists of a low-dose, non-contrast CT that uses X-rays to scan the entire chest in about five to 10. The exam takes about 15 minutes in its entirety to complete.
Lung cancer treatment
Our cancer experts and pulmonologists in San Jose, California develop a lung cancer treatment plan depending on your specific condition. Lung cancer treatment at Regional Medical Center could include:
- Surgery: Surgical removal of the tumor and surrounding tissue, an entire lobe, a lung or part of the bronchus
- Radiation therapy: Radiation administered from outside the body or via implant
- Chemotherapy: Medication administered orally or via injection
- Targeted therapy: Antibodies or medication that inhibit cancer cell growth
- Immunotherapy: Utilizing the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, or stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body
- Cryosurgery: A treatment that freezes and destroys abnormal tissue (also called cryotherapy)
- Radiofrequency ablation: A probe or needle that is heated by an electric current and then used to destroy abnormal tissue
- Close monitoring: No treatment until signs or symptoms appear or change
Lung cancer symptoms
Signs of lung cancer are usually linked to your breathing, such as:
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Frequent lung infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- A persistent or chronic cough that gets worse over time
- Chest pain
- Blood in your sputum when you cough
Signs that the lung cancer has spread to other areas of the body include:
- Bone or back pain or fractures
- Swelling of the neck and face
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- New inability to control the bladder or bowel
- Seizure activity, specific weakness or numbness
- Unexplained clotting problems resulting in heart attack or stroke
Lung cancer risks
Smoking, including secondhand smoke, is the leading cause of lung cancer. You can develop lung cancer without smoking, but you are at higher risk for developing it if you:
- Are a current or former smoker
- Receive exposure to secondhand smoke
- Receive exposure to high-risk substances (radon, asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust and some forms of silica and chromium)
- Have a personal or family history of lung cancer
Keep in mind that lung cancer can still develop even if these risk factors don’t apply to you. That is why recognizing lung cancer symptoms is so critical.
Lung cancer prevention
Radon test your home. Radon is a naturally occurring carcinogen that can lurk in home basements or crawl spaces. You can buy radon test kits at your local hardware store to confirm your home is safe.
Avoid secondhand smoke and carcinogens. You may be exposed to asbestos and other harsh pollutants as part of your job. Always wear appropriate gear, like face masks, to limit inhalation and make sure your employer is following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
See if a lung cancer screening is right for you. Talk to your healthcare provider about your personal and family medical history to determine if you are at high risk for lung cancer. If you are, regular lung cancer screenings can help detect cancer in its earliest stages.
Talk to your doctor about a low-dose lung cancer screening referral, or schedule a lung cancer screening consultation by calling 408-347-4007.