Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women. The disease claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, ovarian, lymph and breast cancers combined.

Diagnosis of a lung nodule or lung cancer can be overwhelming. Our program strives to make the process from diagnosis to treatment efficient and thorough.

Our cardiothoracic nurse navigator assists with facilitating the patient and family members through the process in the most compassionate manner. Our navigator's role is to:

  • Provide central access to screening for all patients with suspicion of lung cancer
  • Educate the patient and family
  • Provide support for the patient and family
  • Serve as liaison between the primary care physician and the specialty team
  • Facilitate timely evaluation, diagnosis and treatment

Low Dose CT Screening

A simple screening could be the difference between early detection and death. In 2011, results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) were released indicating that yearly Low Dose CT Screenings, performed on selected individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer, led to early detection, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Grand Strand Health provides lung cancer screenings with low dose CT technology at South Strand Medical Center and Carolina Forest Imaging Center. Please connect with your primary care physician if you are a candidate for Low Dose CT Screening.

Lung Cancer Risks


  • Smoking (main risk factor)
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals including arsenic, asbestos, beryllium and uranium
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Radiation to the chest
  • Other lung illnesses (Emphysema, COPD, TB)

Lung Cancer Symptoms


  • Frequent coughing (most common)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Pain in chest, shoulder or upper back
  • Coughing up blood
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • General pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of face or neck