Advances in treatment make survival chances greater

Lung Cancer Care at Kaiser Permanente

Our cancer specialists at Kaiser Permanente medical offices have cared for thousands of lung cancer patients. Our multidisciplinary teams set a high standard for quality, compassionate care — with medical expertise, advanced technology, and the best of the latest cancer research.

What Is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both lungs. These cells can grow anywhere from the windpipe to small air sacs on the outside edges of the lungs.

Most lung cancers are caused by tobacco smoke and by exposure to certain chemicals or air pollution. The type of lung cancer and how aggressive it is depends on many things, including a person's general health.

With advances in treatment, the chances for surviving lung cancer are much greater than they were even 10 years ago. If the cancer is found early enough, treatment can often lead to full remission, with no signs or symptoms of cancer. When cancer is not curable, our current treatments have the potential to extend and improve quality of life.

What to Expect With Lung Cancer