Pulmonologists in San Jose

If you are experiencing chronic lung and respiratory issues, it could be a sign of a more serious medical condition. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our respiratory specialists are here to diagnose and treat pulmonary conditions.

We also work with patients at a higher risk for developing lung cancer to determine risk factors and steps you can take to decrease your risk.

To learn more about the pulmonary services we offer, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 762-8881.

Lung cancer symptoms

Signs of lung cancer are usually linked to your respiratory system and may include:

  • A persistent or chronic cough that gets worse over time
  • Blood in your sputum when you cough
  • Chest pain
  • Frequent lung infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing

Lung cancer screening and diagnostics

We used advanced imaging, such as low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan, to help detect lung cancer. This helps us detect cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable. It can also help your doctor determine if the cancer has spread to other areas in the body.

Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy

We were the first hospital in San Jose to offer electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy or ENB. This minimally invasive procedure can be used to locate, biopsy and plan treatment for lesions (spots) detected deep in the lungs.

This outpatient procedure can help your doctor detect cancer earlier, giving you more treatment options. ENB is often used when traditional procedures, such as a bronchoscopy and surgery, are impossible or too risky for your doctor to perform.

Lung cancer risk factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking 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

While some causes of cancer are outside of your control, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of developing lung cancer. These can include:

Radon testing 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.

Avoiding 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.

Asking your doctor 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.