Helping You Breathe Easy
Catch lung cancer early and get expert treatment.
You’ll have access to a nationally recognized and comprehensive lung cancer program at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton/Silverdale and at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Our program includes screening and prevention, and lung cancer experts who specialize in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
For more information and to make an appointment, call 1-888-825-3227.
Lung cancer screening
We offer a low-dose CT screening for lung cancer for people at higher risk of lung cancer. A referral from a provider is needed for the screening. Ask your primary care provider for a referral.
Lung Nodule Clinics
More people are being diagnosed with lung nodules, which are round or oval growths in the lungs. Also known as spots or lesions, lung nodules may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). While most lung nodules are found to be benign, any nodules that are new or have changed in appearance should be tested to rule out cancer.
At CHI Franciscan, we’ve made it priority that people at risk for developing lung nodules receive early diagnosis and treatment. To facilitate this, our team has developed an innovative approach: our Lung Nodule Clinics. Early detection and treatment of cancerous lung nodules is critical, because treatment is more successful when lung cancer is discovered in its early stages.
What to expect at our Lung Nodule Clinics
You will be guided through the most appropriate and time-sensitive care path. You’ll go directly to the specialists nearest you, and you’ll receive education and assistance through the process as well as scheduled follow-ups at three, six, 12, 18 or 24 months, as appropriate.
Lung cancer treatment
Thoracic Oncology surgeons at Harrison Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center are board-certified and fellowship-trained. They are experienced in lung and esophageal cancer surgery, and provide multidisciplinary team care to their patients. St. Joseph is a designated Epicenter (teaching center) for Thoracic Surgery, and our surgeons are nationally recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgery as among the best in the nation for quality outcomes.
Our cancer surgeons work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of various specialists including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, navigators, and radiologists to design a personalized treatment plan specifically for your individual case, which may include one or more of the following:
- Radiation therapy - uses ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors and includes stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- Cancer surgery - uses minimally invasive techniques such as robotic-assisted surgery
- Targeted therapies - use antibodies that target specific molecules within cancer cells
Ask your provider about clinical trials.
Nationally recognized services
Thoracic oncology surgeons at St. Joseph Medical Center earned the elite three-star rating — the highest possible — from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for stage 1 lung cancer lobectomy. It is the society’s highest rating and only awarded to the top 5 percent of thoracic surgery programs in the US.
Baiya Krishnadasan, MD, performs a large volume of these operations using minimally invasive techniques. The three-star designation reflects results significantly better than the national average for 30-day mortality and length of hospital stay after lobectomy for lung cancer for the period January 2012 through December 2016 .
Lung cancer approach
Learn more about how our lung cancer team works together to treat your cancer.
Lung cancer outcomes
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). As an accredited institution, we measure ourselves against the latest treatment standards in order to continuously improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Lung cancer quality metrics at CHI Franciscan exceed national benchmarks determined by the CoC and the National Quality Forum (NQF).
Lung Cancer Treatment Recurrence Rate
Meet our specialists
Your first visit is with a board-certified surgical oncologist or medical oncologist, who will discuss the next steps with you. You may need a referral from your primary care provider.
You can receive treatment for lung cancer at our treatment centers conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound area.
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