Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. More than 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it this year. Typically, symptoms do not appear until the disease is in an advanced stage. And, if symptoms do appear, patients often attribute them to other problems, such as an infection, or the effect from long-term smoking.
If lung cancer is caught in its early stages, treatment can be effective. In fact, if you’re diagnosed early in stage I, you’re 85% more likely to survive lung cancer than if you’re diagnosed in stage IV. Some of the symptoms include:
Each case of lung cancer is unique, and a variety of treatment options may be available depending on the type of cancer, its stage and your overall health. At the Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, our multidisciplinary team of expert surgical, medical and radiation oncologists evaluate each case to determine the best possible outcome for you and your family. Our team is dedicated to working with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
It is important to understand the risks associated with lung cancer. Knowing the symptoms of lung cancer can help aid in detection. Our Guide to Understanding Lung Cancer provides an overview of the three main types of lung cancer: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, and Lung Carcinoid Tumor and explains the symptoms you should watch out for.
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Our commitment to patient care, education and research is the cornerstone of who we are. And as a leading cancer center not just in Central Florida but the U.S., UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health has received meaningful recognition, including being recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state of Florida.
UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health is the only cancer center in Central Florida to be recognized by the State of Florida as a Cancer Center of Excellence.
To gain this distinction, we had to demonstrate that we are a leader in comprehensive cancer treatment, research, care and education.
Our team of specialized and highly trained doctors will develop a personalized treatment plan for your particular cancer. Together, the team can offer a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy depending on the type and progression of your lung cancer.
Juan Escalon, MD, joined UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in 2015. He is a member of the Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Section at the Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center. Dr. Escalon specializes in surgery for tumors of the chest, including cancers of the lung, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he also performed his General Surgery residency and served as Chief Resident. In 2008, Dr. Escalon completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Yale University, where he also served as Chief Resident and Instructor.CLOSE
Luis Herrera, MD, thoracic surgeon, is the medical director of the Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Dr. Herrera was named Chief Quality Officer for UF Health Cancer Center in 2016. He is a member of the Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Section. He joined UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he served as chief resident of thoracic surgery and is currently appointed as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Thoracic Surgery. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Herrera specializes in surgery for tumors of the chest, including cancer of the lung, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum and also treats benign disorders of the esophagus.CLOSE
Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, Tirrell Johnson, MD, is a medical oncologist at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He serves as a member of the Hematology, Melanoma/Sarcoma and Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Sections. Dr. Johnson fulfilled a fellowship in hematology/oncology from Brown University Medical School’s teaching hospitals in Providence, RI. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from the University of Florida and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor in chemical engineering from Florida A&M University. Dr. Johnson was the recipient of the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award in 2011, for outstanding multidisciplinary involvement with staff.CLOSE
Jennifer Tseng, MD, hematologist/medical oncologist, is the Thoracic/Head and Neck Specialty Section leader for Medical Oncology and the associate director of Clinical Research for Medical Oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Dr. Tseng received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and served as assistant chief resident in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and board eligible in hematology.CLOSE
Rafael R. Mañon, MD, is board certified in radiation oncology and serves as a radiation oncologist for UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Dr. Mañon received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He then completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Mañon has received several awards, including the Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Award from the Office of Naval Research and the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award from Orlando Health.CLOSE
Justin Rineer, MD, is a radiation oncologist at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, where he specializes in melanoma/sarcoma and thoracic malignancies. He is board certified in radiation oncology. Dr. Rineer graduated magna cum laude with his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, where he also completed his residency in radiation oncology and served as chief resident. During his residency, he received the 2008 and 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Foundation Award for original research presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting.CLOSE
Kendra Harris, MD, joined the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in 2015. Dr. Harris is board-certified in radiation oncology and radiobiology. Dr. Harris earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins. Prior to joining Orlando Health, Dr. Harris was a radiation oncologist at Northwest Montana Radiation Oncology. She is currently fulfilling a three-year appointment on the Metastatic/ Recurrent Task Force with the National Cancer Institute Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials. Dr. Harris has been published in multiple journals on issues related to patient safety and is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). In 2002 Dr. Harris was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and completed a Master of Science (MSc) degree focused on health care policy at Oxford University prior to medical school. In 2013 she earned the Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.CLOSE