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Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment

Physician case review

All lung cancer cases are reviewed at multidisciplinary cancer care conferences -- this provides an expert "second opinion" on diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment strategy and rehabilitation. The team includes pulmonologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, nurses, research coordinators and other cancer care staff. (This is sometimes called "tumor board".)

Advanced diagnostics and treatments

We offer a variety of latest tools for diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, including:

  • Low-dose CT scanning
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Advanced bronchoscopy diagnostics, including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and "Super D" technology
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy
  • Video assisted thorascopic surgery
  • Genomic testing and use of molecular markers in treatment planning

Treatment options

  • Surgery to remove a portion (or all) of the lung
  • Chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells throughout the body
  • Radiation therapy, including SBRT(stereotactic body radiation therapy). This is also known as SABR (stereotactic ablative radiation therapy). This highly accurate type of treatment accounts for body and breathing motion, so is often used to treat lung cancer.

When cancer spreads

Sometimes lung cancer can spread to the brain and other parts of the body. When the cancer spreads to the brain, Legacy Cancer Institute offers Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (brain surgery without a knife) — the gold standard treatment for brain metastases that helps protect the healthy brain tissue.