Understanding Lung Cancer

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:

  • Changes in a chronic cough
  • A new cough that won’t go away
  • Coughing up any amount of blood
  • Wheezing

Our multidisciplinary approach

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.

Learn more about lung cancer

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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Awards

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.

Team of Physicians

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 Carlos Escalon, MD

Thoracic Surgery

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Luis J. Herrera, MD

Thoracic Surgery

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Tirrell T. Johnson, MD

Medical Oncology

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Jennifer E. Tseng, MD

Medical Oncology

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Rafael R. Mañon, MD

Radiation Oncology

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Justin Matthew Rineer, MD

Radiation Oncology

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Kendra Harris, MD, MSc

Radiation Oncology

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