Anyone with lungs is at risk for lung cancer.

Lung cancer is responsible for nearly one in five cancer deaths. Each year, it claims more lives than breast, colon, prostate and kidney cancer combined. And it doesn’t just strike tobacco users – nearly 60 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.

In North Carolina, 22 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every day. The five-year survival rate is just 16 percent, which has changed very little since the 1970s. But Vidant Cancer Care’s renowned thoracic oncology specialists are leading a charge to fight this disease.

Please join us for our 12th annual lung cancer awareness dinner. You’ll learn how pioneering research, advanced screenings and expert treatment at Vidant Health are bringing new hope to those living with lung cancer.


12th Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Dinner
Monday, November 12
6 – 8 pm
Rock Springs Center
4025 Hwy 43 North, Greenville

This event is free but registration is required. Space is limited, so register online now or call toll free 855-MYVIDANT (855-698-4326).


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Eleven years ago at the age of 21, Taylor heard the words “You have lung cancer.” As a Division I college soccer player and a nonsmoker, the diagnosis was a shock. Incredibly, she survived and returned to full strength with a heart full of purpose and a mission to change the face of lung cancer by spreading awareness and hope.

Taylor is the spokesperson for Your Cancer Game Plan (YCGP), a national awareness campaign in partnership with Merck Pharmaceuticals designed to support patients and their families on their cancer journey.

After graduating from East Carolina University in 2010, Taylor worked for UNC Cancer Care in conjunction with LIVESTRONG and The Jimmy V Foundation to build a support and survivorship program for cancer patients in eastern North Carolina. She obtained a Master in Public Administration degree from ECU in May 2018 and works for Vidant Health as a physician outreach manager.

Taylor’s personal story and message of perseverance will inspire you. Join her for an unforgettable evening and learn how, even at a young age, she discovered amazing blessings on her life-changing journey.


Recognizing the signs of lung cancer is key to early detection and life-saving treatment.

  • A cough that gets worse and lasts for weeks
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored phlegm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Bone pain


Early detection is critical for treatment and survival. Vidant Health has developed an early screening tool for current and former smokers ages 55-77 who qualify. It's available at each of our hospitals and allows us to detect lung cancer at a rate far higher than the national average. And when it’s detected early, lung cancer is easier to treat and has a higher survival rate.

Learn more about the low dose CT scan and get a referral form to take to your doctor.

Visit our lung cancer website for valuable information and resources. We invite you to take a lung cancer risk assessment and share it with your friends and neighbors.


Lung cancer is a complex disease that often requires multiple types of treatment – including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and others. Our thoracic team is dedicated to providing timely and aggressive treatment, as well as compassionate care for patients and their families.

Our multidisciplinary approach gives you access to a full range of specialists – physicians, nurses, surgeons, oncologists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists and other professionals who work with you and with each other to create the best treatment plan for your individual case. Vidant Cancer Care resources include leading-edge therapies, expert second opinions, support services, clinical trials and more.

Care resources include leading-edge therapies, expert second opinions, support services, clinical trials and more.

At Vidant, we believe in life without cancer. We continue to invest in new and expanded facilities, innovative technologies and enhanced cancer programs throughout eastern North Carolina. Our mission is to prevent cancer whenever possible, diagnose the disease in its earliest stages and ensure that patients in our region have access to world-class care close to home

At the hub of Vidant Cancer Care is the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower in Greenville, a 418,000-square-foot facility on the campus of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. It is home to both inpatient and outpatient cancer services, including:

  • 96 inpatient rooms
  • 60 infusion areas
  • 58 specialty clinics
  • 5 radiation therapy suites
  • Imaging and lab services
  • A full-service pharmacy, featuring specialty items for cancer patients
  • Image renewal center
  • Outdoor healing gardens and walking paths
  • Educational resources
  • Complementary therapies
  • Support and survivorship programs

Award-winning care

  • Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
  • Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Programs
  • Named a center of excellence for thoracic oncology, one of only 13 in the nation to achieve this level of recognition from the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Magnet® designation for Vidant Medical Center, the highest level of recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 7 percent of all US hospitals achieve this status.