Lung Cancer


Lung cancer often takes several years to develop and is rare in people under 45 years of age. However, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women, outnumbering colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

Lung Cancer Treatment: Why Choose Dignity Health

Dignity Health's Lung & Esophageal Program in Sacramento focuses on providing the best possible outcomes with multispecialty care for patients diagnosed with even the most complex cases of lung cancer.

Using superDimension® bronchoscopy—a GPS-like navigation system—our surgeons can steer a small catheter through the mouth or nose, down the trachea and far into the lung to locate and biopsy suspicious lesions without open surgery.

Other lung cancer diagnostic and treatment methods we offer at Dignity Health include:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy (EBUS), an advanced method to biopsy lymph nodes surrounding the lungs
  • Mediastinoscopy, a technique that allows us to assess whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the mediastinum, the space between the lungs
  • Thoracotomy, removing a lung lobe
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive procedure used for thoracic surgery 

A Breath of Fresh Air

Lung cancer screenings are now covered by Medicare. Early detection could save your life, or the life of someone you love. See if you’re eligible.

Connect with a Lung Cancer Specialist

Lung cancer affects people from all different walks of life. If you’re at risk, talk to your doctor about screening options. Don’t have a doctor? We can help. Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a specialist near you.