Overview

Lung Cancer Care in the Northern Suburbs

The board-certified pulmonologists at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital are specially trained in diseases and conditions of the respiratory system, including the chest and lungs. They diagnose and treat men with a full range of acute and chronic pulmonology disorders, including:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Asthma
  • Chest infections
  • Chronic bronchitis or cough
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonologists use diagnostic tests and examinations of the chest, heart and lungs to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. These examinations may include chest X-rays, CT or PET scans, bronchoscopy,oximetry or Pulmonary Stress Test. During the process, our team focuses on education and rehabilitation to help control the symptoms that negatively affect your health and quality of life.

Treatments may include medication, asthma education and management, bronchoscopy, mechanical or non-invasive ventilation, exercise or pulmonary function testing and smoking cessation. Our renowned Pulmonary Rehabilitation program can also help you control symptoms, improve daily living and increase independence through exercise training and education from a multidisciplinary team.

Our physicians pride themselves on providing exceptional care in a caring and comfortable environment. In addition to outpatient services, they also provide inpatient consultation in the Critical Care Unit of the hospital. We also have pediatric pulmonologists on staff.

Lung cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and the leading cause of death from cancer. Often, lung cancers grow silently for many years and reach an advanced stage before causing symptoms that lead to diagnosis and treatment.

Until recently, no screening test for lung cancer has proven effective in detecting tumors at an early, more treatable stage.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital now offers a low-dose screening lung CT (computed tomography) scan that can identify lung cancer in its early stages. The test uses x-rays to take pictures of the inside of your body from different angles. The amount of radiation used for a low-dose screening CT is much less than that of a regular CT scan. In fact, one receives a higher dose of radiation on a commercial flight from New York to Los Angeles than during a low-dose CT scan.