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Steps to Care


Need help to quit?

The best way to lower your chance of lung cancer is to stop smoking. If you want to stop smoking, or have decided to quit smoking, here’s help. Contact the Maine Tobacco Helpline.

Call 1-800-207-1230.


Patient navigators can help

Patient navigators partner with you on your journey toward recovery by providing the help and resources you need.

Lung Cancer Tests

There are a variety of tests a doctor may order to see if you have lung cancer. The tests look for cancer cells in your lungs. They help confirm a diagnosis and check for other lung conditions. Tests can include:

  • X-Rays: Can show a mass or growth in your lungs.
  • CT Scans: Pick up small lesions that an X-ray might miss.
  • Sputum cytology: If you have a productive cough, looking at the sputum you bring up can show cancer cells, when viewed under a microscope.
  • Biopsy: Biopsy: Taking a tissue sample can show cells that are not normal. Biopsy can include a bronchoscopy.

 Biopsy can include a bronchoscopy.

 

What is an LDCT?

An LDCT is a lung cancer scan that screens older, healthy people who have a lengthy history of smoking cigarettes.