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Lung and Esophageal Cancer

Treating lung and esophageal cancer

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When you're facing the prospect of lung or esophageal cancer, you want a team of cancer specialists caring for you. At Fairview, thoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and clinical nurse specialists all work together. They’ll make sure you have the very best treatment and care.
Lung cancer
Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs. While it’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, the survival rate has improved slightly in recent years. Cigarette smoking is the most common risk factor for lung cancer. In fact, more than 85 percent of all lung cancers are attributable to smoking or secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke.

Esophageal cancer
Esophageal cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all cancers; however, the incidence of esophageal cancer is increasing. Cancer can develop in any part of the esophagus and spread to surrounding lymph nodes, the windpipe, large blood vessels in the chest or other nearby organs. Treatment for esophageal cancer depends on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Location and size
  • Extent and type of cancer cells
  • Age
  • General health

After carefully reviewing all of these factors, your cancer team will customize a treatment plan that fits your needs.

When should you call your doctor?
Contact your doctor if you have the following symptoms:

  • Persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Pain in the chest, back, shoulder or arm
  • Hoarseness
  • Repeated bouts with bronchitis, pneumonia or other infections of the lung

For more information
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 612-672-7272.

Lung and esophageal care team

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.
 
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