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Lung Cancer

There are two types of lung cancer:

  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is the most common and accounts for 85% of all lung cancers. It has three sub-types: squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma.
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) tends to be more aggressive and accounts for 10-15% of the remaining lung cancers.

Learn more about lung cancer from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center staff and patient services are centered around treating the whole person – during and after treatment. You can expect the right treatment faster from a team of specialists, all working together to provide a unified care plan with the best treatment options available.

Kris Sargent, RN, OCN

Your Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator

Kris Sargent, RN, OCN is the nurse navigator for lung cancer patients and families. Find out how she can help you.

Lung Cancer Resources

Treatment Options

When you are ready to begin treatment, you'll receive the latest, most effective cancer technologies that Hall-Perrine physicians use to help fight each patient's unique battle with cancer. Learn more about treatment options.

Genetics & Cancer

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer along with other factors such as radon, pollution and asbestos. Brothers, sisters and children of those who have had lung cancer may have a slightly higher risk of lung cancer themselves due to genetic factors, as well as shared household exposures (such as second-hand smoke or radon). Knowing your cancer risk factors, including genetics, can make an astounding difference in your future health.

Not all cancers are hereditary, but we encourage you to learn more about genetics if cancer runs in your family.

Radon - How to Test Your Home

Five of seven homes in Iowa have elevated indoor radon levels. Test kits are available at many hardware stores and Linn County Public Health.

1. Test your home
Take a short-term test. If your result is 4 pCi/L or higher, take a follow-up test (Step 2) to be sure.

2. Follow up with either a long-term test or a second short-term test

  • For a better understanding of your year-round average radon level, take a long-term test.
  • If you need results quickly, take a second short-term test.
  • The higher your initial short-term test result, the more certain you can be that you should take a short-term rather than a long-term follow up test. If your first short-term test result is more than twice EPA’s 4 pCi/L action level, you should take a second short-term test immediately.

3. Fix your home

  • If you followed up with a long-term test: Fix your home if your long-term test result is 4 pCi/L or more.
  • If you followed up with a second short-term test: The higher your short-term results, the more certain you can be that you should fix your home.
  • Consider fixing your home if the average of your first and second test is 4 pCi/L or higher. A list of certified radon professionals is available by calling the Radon Hotline 1-800-383-5992 or visit the IDPH website.

4. Re-test

If the radon test result is lower than 4 pCi/L, continue to monitor by retesting every two years or if building conditions change. Homes can be tested at any time of year, but radon levels fluctuate during the year. If a summer test shows low levels, the housing should be retested in cold weather as well.

For more information on Radon, visit any of these sites:
www.idph.state.ia.us/radon
www.lchh.org/radon
www.epa.gov/radon

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Lung Cancer Patients'
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