Huntsville Hospital Services

Lung Cancer Program

The Huntsville Hospital Lung Cancer Program is a multidisciplinary effort of experts dedicated to delivering the highest-quality care and service to patients with suspected or diagnosed lung cancer. By working collaboratively across disciplines, and in cooperation with the Southeast Lung Alliance, our team integrates and coordinates a complex process into a seamless service that helps deliver quality service and care for patients with suspected or diagnosed lung cancer.

Together, we offer the latest innovations in lung cancer detection and treatment, including molecular mapping that enables physicians to personalize care based on a patient's genetic makeup. Our services and capabilities also include:

  • minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) and robotic da Vinci Surgical Systems;
  • leading-edge radiotherapy approaches like stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and volume modulated arc therapy (VMAT);
  • and the use of leading–edge chemotherapy agents, including immune-based therapies with promising new drugs being tested in clinical trials available to some patients.

Huntsville Hospital's Lung Cancer Program is committed to reducing lung cancer deaths and to improving treatments and quality of life for our patients.

If you are a current or former smoker and meet any of the criteria below, you are at a higher risk for lung cancer. Last year, 78% of the lung cancers found through the Huntsville Hospital’s lung cancer screening program were caught at an early stage. Talk with your physician to see if a quick and easy CT screening is right for you. When caught at an early stage, survival rates are greatly improved.

Patient criteria for low-dose CT scan of the chest:

  • Age 55-77
  • 30+ “pack year history” (pack year history = packs smoked per day x years smoked)
  • Active smoker within the past 15 years
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer