About Respiratory Cancer
Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO treats an array of malignant diseases, including respiratory cancer. The human respiratory system is responsible for taking in oxygen as we inhale and releasing carbon dioxide as we exhale. The main organs of the respiratory system include the lungs, which their primary function is to carry out the exchange of oxygen and CO2 as we breathe. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of deaths among both men and women. Every year, more individuals die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
Types of Respiratory Cancer
There are two main types of lung cancers:
- Non-small lung cancer has three subtypes, including adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. According to the ACS, non-small cell lung cancer makes up about 85% of lung cancer cases in the United States.
- Small cell lung cancer is less common but occurs almost exclusively in chain-smokers. This type of cancer makes up about 15% of lung cancer cases.
"Greetings Dr. Rossi, I don't know who hires and trains your employees but I have to say, I have never in all my travels, through 20 countries in this world and every state in the United States, I have never, ever met such Quality, Caring and Professional people anywhere. From my first contact as well as my follow-up, not to mention the oversight of the nurse navigator and her expertise and watchful caring, as well as your personal nurse, to integrated therapies, who ever does your hiring and training, it is the best place I've ever been in this world- Congratulations, keep it up!!! One last comment. In my quest to find the best treatment I was told by three different doctors that you were unquestionably the BEST! In my experience in working with you thus far you have surpassed what your colleagues have said about you. I don't know if you have any idea what that does emotionally and realistically in a patient's heart, but I can tell you it adds to the healing - Big Time! I say two thumbs up to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center and Valley View!"- J.H. / Office Visit / Feb 12, 2019
"We wanted to tell you about our recent and ongoing experience at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center. A cancer diagnosis is life-changing and so our experience with your facility, nursing and allied staff, and doctors is very important for both patient and caregiver. We hope our few remarks below will help you with your administration of the center and give assurance to new patients about the quality of care they can expect. We’ve learned from other sources that the technology offered is state of the art. The facility is beautiful. The exam rooms and waiting areas are welcoming and comforting to the patient and caregiver. In his work, the patient has been in cancer centers around the country, including university hospitals, and none compare. The nursing and allied staff, were all dedicated to doing their best and concerned about the patient’s well-being at all times. They were also committed to learning any new procedures or processes and did so with interest whereas in other places, the same people might not be as attentive due to the volume of patients seen or a high level of stress experienced by staff. Thank you, for checking in with us so often and showing such compassion to our family members."- S.E. / Office Visit / Mar 12, 2013
"Dr. Rovira - He saved my life and I am forever grateful. He is the best physician I have ever had!!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 18, 2011
"I wanted to express my gratitude for your professionalism and amazing gift of caring for people! I have had a number of experiences with a variety of health professionals and your team rates over the top! This journey with cancer has been by far the most challenging health issue, yet one of the most positive! This is thanks to you and the other entities involved with the Cancer Center! I was very impressed with the way you handled our “little bump in the road” with communication about the first simulation and positioning! I trust your team has grown from that experience and I want you to know that your support, understanding, and professionalism did not go unnoticed! Your process of handling it instilled trust and confidence! The thought to involve integrative therapies was superb! It really brought me through!"- anonymous / Office Visit / Feb 18, 2020
"I just wanted to thank you for all your help and being such a good advocate for my overall care throughout all of my treatments last year. I appreciate your efforts to show up to all my appointments, help take notes, answer questions, or go out of your way to find answers and to pay attention and care about me not only as a patient but a person. The team you all have at Calaway is unprecedented and truly special and gifted. All of you are amazing people and caregivers, you should be proud of the amazing work and care you put into each patient and their families. Thank you for providing me a 2nd chance! Please pass along my gratitude to anyone I missed. Thank you so much, you truly did help “navigate” through this whole process and make it so much easier. Thank you!"- S.M. / Office Visit / Jan 22, 2020
The cause of lung cancer is unclear, but we do know it begins with a mutation of cells within the respiratory system. These cells can also affect other components of the respiratory system, such as the bronchial tubes, larynx, trachea, and alveolar walls.
Typically, signs and symptoms of lung cancer are not evident in its early stage but become noticeable in its advanced stage. These symptoms may include:
- Chronic cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
Our state-of-the-art cancer care facility is fully equipped with the latest tools and technologies for the treatment of lung cancer in men and women. We also feature an infusion therapy wing that has a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. Our treatment options include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. The treatment form selected will depend on the stage, size, and location of cancer, including your personal preferences and recommendation by our cancer team.
The Calaway·Young Cancer Center is proud to be serving the men and women of Colorado with extraordinary care, locally. We work effortlessly to ensure that you are given the attentive, personalized care that you deserve. Our team is here to stand by your side every step of the way and can also connect you with cancer support groups so you can receive encouragement from others who understand what you are going through.