Lung cancer, the most common cancer originating in the thoracic (chest) cavity, often starts in the cells lining the air passages. Two primary types of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell, grow differently and require different treatments. Screening to detect lung and thoracic cancers at their earliest stages is important because symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and bloody mucus may not be apparent until the cancer is very advanced.

Tobacco smoking remains the primary cause of lung cancer, although anyone—even nonsmokers—can contract the disease from some combination of genetics, radon or asbestos exposure, air pollution or secondhand tobacco smoke. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation or a combination of options.

Excellence in Lung & Thoracic Care

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we offer you the latest procedures for screening, diagnosis and treatment of lung and thoracic cancers—all focused on enhancing your quality of life.

Our multispecialty approach means a dedicated team of diverse clinical professionals—such as medical oncologists, thoracic surgical oncologists and pulmonologists—discusses your care, provides individual attention to your situation and maps a plan of treatment, recovery and follow-up tailored to your needs.

Low-Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer

Early detection remains the key to better outcomes. To assess your risk for lung or thoracic cancer, take advantage of screenings offered at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. You'll receive a consultation, a low-radiation-dose CT scan and a follow-up appointment with one of our lung or thoracic specialists. You'll benefit from the most advanced screening practices in the Seacoast region, including:

  • Multiple early and accurate screening options for those at risk of lung cancer
  • Prompt diagnosis and effective treatment that improves outcomes
  • Advanced lung and thoracic surgery by our experienced surgeons to reduce risk and enhance survival

For more information about Low-Dose CT screening or to schedule a screening, call (603) 433-5285

Advanced Technology for Diagnosis & Treatment

Our experienced medical experts treat new and recurring lung, esophageal, pleural, mediastinal and chest wall tumors with the most advanced and minimally invasive technology:

Support for Your Success

The more you know, the better your outcome can be. That's why we integrate education and support throughout our program of care. You benefit from our broad range of services, such as:

  • Pulmonary care to address a variety of acute and chronic lung conditions
  • Dietitians who help you deal with changing nutritional needs as you recover from surgery and pursue follow-up treatments
  • Case managers to assist with all aspects of your care, from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and beyond
  • Our medical oncology department's extensive educational materials and resource library
  • A variety of support options for women and men

Explore the Cancer Center, learn more about lung cancer and review additional resources to help you stop smoking in our online Health Library.

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Support your recovery and regain function during and after cancer treatment by taking advantage of the extensive outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for palliative care, pain management, behavioral health and integrative care.