American Lung Association (lung.org) site includes extensive references for chronic lung disease such as asthma, COPD emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other factors, such as smoking, that affect the lungs. Special feature on e-cigarettes and vaping. The organization also maintains a HelpLine staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists to answer your lung health questions at 1-800-LUNGUSA (or 800-548-8252). Or submit a question via online chat to the ALA
See how out-of-pocket costs could accumulate for lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer over time. Using 2010 to 2014 data (essentially before the Affordable Care Act), costs were examined over time. See esp. pages 9-10. Patient’s 4-year cost was over $11,000 for lung cancer (of $282,000); $8442 (of $165,000) for colorectal cancer; and $7500 out of pocket (of $101,000 total cost) for breast cancer. Study by Milliman Research, April 2017.
Patient Education Resources (with pictures) , from the Chest Foundation. Includes topics such as shortness of breath (including asthma), bronchoscopy, COPD, lung cancer, MERS, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), RSV, smoking e-cigarettes, more. Learn about the 6-minute walk test.
Look up hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in your state, through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Many hospitals voluntarily report their results, which are posted here for adult coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve replacement, congenital heart surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. Most results cover the time period through June 2018. Most hospitals get two stars for “as expected” performance. Outstanding hospitals get 3 stars; under-performing hospitals get 1 star. Search by state or name of hospital to find the best. Excellent website. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,600 surgeons and others dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other surgical chest procedures.