Lung Cancer Screening & Diagnostics

Lung cancer accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths. More people die of lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Early detection is the key to survival, but the majority of lung cancers are detected in later stages. That’s because symptoms usually don’t appear until the disease is advanced and, in many cases, it’s found only when the person undergoes an X-ray for an unrelated reason.

Smoking Cessation Program

As part of our comprehensive approach to prevention and early detection, Northside offers a Smoking Cessation Program to help individuals quit smoking. Northside Hospital’s Smoking Cessation Program offers a seven-week class that educates participants about the hazards of smoking, the benefits of quitting and strategies/skills to cope with urges. The class is conducted primarily in a group setting, with face-to-face interaction that allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences, but also includes web-based sessions for convenience.

Download 2016 Schedule

NEW in 2016: Classes to be held at Northside Hospital-Cherokee, in addition to Northside's Atlanta and Forsyth campuses. A class in Spanish also is being added. Check back later for more info.

For additional information or to register for a class, contact (404) 780-7653 or

Lung Cancer Screenings

Our screening uses an evidence-based approach and guidelines set by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and low dose CT screening technology at Northside Hospital imaging centers, located throughout the greater metro Atlanta area.

Should I get screened?
You may be a candidate for lung cancer screening if you are 50 or older and answer “yes” to any of the following questions:

  • Have you been a smoker?
  • Do you have a family history of lung cancer?
  • Have you been exposed to asbestos?

Download our Lung Cancer Screenings flyer. (Spanish version)

For more information or to determine whether you are a candidate for a lung cancer screening, contact us at (404) 531-4444. 

Pulmonary Diagnostic & Therapeutic Endoscopy

A full evaluation by a pulmonologist, with additional imaging scans (chest X-ray, CT, PET), may be involved in the screening and diagnostics for lung cancer. Possible endoscopy procedures may include one that looks inside the bronchial tree, while another may assess enlarged lymph nodes with an ultrasound.  A biopsy will ultimately establish a lung cancer diagnosis.  Once all of this information is gathered, if cancer is confirmed, staging will take place (based on the size, location and extent of the tumor). This information is important in guiding the oncology team in their treatment recommendations and prognosis.

Northside’s GI and Pulmonary Endoscopy Centers offer diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions. Northside's team of pulmonologists (physicians specializing in pulmonary conditions), pulmonary therapeutic specialists and endoscopy nurses are ready to collaborate with you and other related health care specialists, including anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, and radiologists, to develop an individualized plan of care. Learn more about our pulmonary endoscopy services.

Learn More: 

Kick Butts: What are you doing about your smoking habit?

Fighting Lung Cancer


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1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
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201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
(770) 720-5100

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1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
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