Cancer Support Group

What are the symptoms of Lung Cancer?

How can I be screened for lung cancer?

Standard chest x-ray and spiral computerized tomography scan (CT). Spiral scans use x-rays to create a
3-dimensional model of the lungs.
Contact Beth Phelps of the Thoracic Onclogy Program at SIU (TOPS) 217-545-7433 or email at

Should I have a chest x-ray?

If you are having any of the symptoms of lung cancer and they do not stop with antibiotic treatment, you should have a chest x-ray.

How do I find a doctor to treat my lung cancer?

Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Hazelrigg practices all aspects of cardithoracic surgery (heart, lung and esophageal) and has a special interest in thoracoscopic surgery.

I want to quit smoking, where can I find help?

NCI Smoking Quitline at 1 877-466-QUIT
American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® Online

What are lung cancer risks?

What types of cancer treatments are available?

The type of treatment that is best for lung cancer depends on the type of cancer and how the cancer has progressed when it is first diagnosed. Some potential treatments include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

What are the side effects of cancer treatment?

Loss of appetite, also known as anorexia (an-o-rek-se-ah), is a common side effect of cancer and treatment.
For those dealing with cancer, constipation is a common, and frequently more severe problem.
Shortness of breath is also common for people dealing with lung cancer.
Chronic fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating symptoms and /or side effects of cancer and its treatment.
Neuropathy means that something is wrong with nerve tissue, it is a fairly common occurence.

What clinical trials are available?

Contact Karen Bade -545-5000

Where can I get information online?

The cancer diagnosis affects every aspect of a person's life. It is natural to be anxious and have questions about what the lung cancer diagnosis and treatment means to you and your family.
Sharing your concerns with others who have had the same experience can be supportive and reassuring.

The Lung Cancer support group aims to provide lung cancer survivors in the community with information, support and a sense of fellowship as they live with the disease.

The group purpose is threefold:

1. Provide information about the different aspects of the disease and treatment.
2. Provide a place where people with lung cancer can share their experiences.
3. Provide and environment which gives emotional and spiritual nourishment, plus reinforcement to each other.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. There are an estimated 171,900 new cases of lung cancer expected to be diagnosed this year, accounting for about 13% of cancer diagnoses. The challenges faced by a person living with lung cancer are unique; attending a lung cancer support group may provide you with some of the tools you will need to meet these challenges.

What the support group meeting can offer you.

The Springfield Area Lung Cancer Support group will offer you a relaxed atmosphere in whic to share your story, feelings and knowledge about lung cancer.
Informational presentations are provided to help deal with the multiple aspects of the disease.
Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, or have been dealing with the disease for along time everyone is invited.
Refreshments are served at each meeting. The Group meets once a month, the third Tuesday, from 5:30 to 6:30

747 N. Rutledge
Baylis Medical Building 1
Springfield, IL


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For questions or directions:
please call 217-545-6818
Spouses, family or friends are welcome.

The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support and Education (ALCASE).
ALCASE was founded to help people, worldwide at risk for and living with lung cancer improve the quality of their lives: