Lung cancer treatment in Charlotte County, Florida
Fawcett Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive lung cancer care in Port Charlotte, Florida. As a full-service cancer program, our goal is to detect lung cancer early and to support you throughout your journey to recovery.
For more information on lung cancer screenings and treatments, please call our oncology nurse navigator at (941) 624-8318.
Lung cancer screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. and claims more lives than colon, prostate and breast cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society. A screening could be the difference between early detection and death.
If you have any of the following risk factors, you may want to talk to your doctor about completing a lung cancer screening:
- 50 years old and older
- History of smoking or currently a smoker
- Family history of cancer
Low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening
The Oncology Unit at Fawcett Memorial Hospital is the first in Charlotte County to offer low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings for lung cancer. These screenings use small doses of radiation to capture images of the lungs. With these images, radiologists can view suspicious areas, which may require further testing.
According to a National Cancer Institute study, smokers who were screened for cancer with low-dose CT screenings instead of chest X-rays had a 15 to 20 percent lower chance of dying from the disease.
LDCT screenings at Fawcett Memorial Hospital include:
- The imaging procedure
- A radiologist's interpretation of the exam
- A report of the findings
- Continuum of care recommendations
- A list of follow-up procedures from a multidisciplinary team of physicians (if needed)
Screenings are covered by most forms of insurance.
Advanced treatment for early lung cancer
As a Community Cancer Program accredited by The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, we are proud to provide patients with advanced lung cancer treatments.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Charlotte County to offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted bronchoscopy for patients with lung nodules.
Because there are limited symptoms of lung cancer during the early stages, it can be hard to recognize the signs. Our innovative technology provides improved vision, reach and control for bronchoscopic procedures, and holds the potential for an earlier diagnosis. We are excited to provide modern technology that saves lives to our greater community.
There are a variety of diagnostic options currently available for lung cancer, but all have limitations in accuracy, safety, or invasiveness. Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is a newer technology that allows for earlier detection of lung cancer with greater accuracy. This minimally invasive procedure is safer than CT-guided lung biopsy and unlike a traditional bronchoscopy, the robotic platform gives the physician the ability to obtain tissue samples of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the lung to determine an accurate and timely diagnosis.
Smoking cessation group
Quitting tobacco isn't easy—finding help should be. We offer a free, one-time, two-hour group, Tools to Quit. This group is available to people 18 years old and older who use any form of tobacco. We provide free workbooks, materials, nicotine replacement patches, gum and/or lozenges.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Fawcett Memorial Hospital is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAH.