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Holy Cross Hospital combines leading physician expertise with advanced technology to offer the best care to people at-risk of developing lung cancer or who have been diagnosed with cancers of the respiratory system.

Our comprehensive approach addresses prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of thoracic tumors.

Our care is provided by a team of physician specialists, pulmonologists, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and thoracic surgeons, and is supported by skilled and compassionate staff.

Lung Cancer Diagnostics
Our specialized imaging techniques — such as computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET, available through an affiliate) and CT/PET-fused imaging (available through an affiliate)— enable our clinicians to screen, diagnose and stage lung cancer, and select the most appropriate therapies available.

Our advanced diagnostics and therapeutic procedures include:

  • Palliative radio-surgery for brain metastasis
  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS)
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB)
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Laparoscopic surgical treatment
  • Thoracotomy
  • HDR brachytherapy
  • Radiofrequency, microwave and cryoablation
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • CT screening
  • PET scanning (through an affiliate)
  • CT/PET fused imaging (through an affiliate)
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Clinical trials

Lung Cancer Screening
Low-dose CT scan is the most advanced diagnostic tool for improved lung cancer screening and early diagnosis, when the disease is most treatable. A CT scan can show tiny spots on the lungs, called nodules, years before they would ever be seen on a chest X-ray. These spots could be the signs of early lung cancer.

  • The Cancer Institute offers a free  Lung Cancer Screening Program through the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), the largest, long-term study to determine the role of low-dose CT in the detection of lung cancer in smokers and ex-smokers.
  • Through the Lung Nodule Review Program, a committee of our physician specialists reviews patient CT scans that show nodules, even if screening for lung cancer wasn't the initial purpose of the scan.

Treatment For Early Stage Lung Cancer
At Holy Cross Hospital, we work with surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive surgical management of lung cancer. Our hospital has a dedicated operating room, specially equipped for minimally invasive procedures. Holy Cross Hospital offers video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive surgical technique to treat lung cancer. Using VATS, surgeons can remove tumors using skin incisions that are less than one inch in diameter. Many patients experience less pain, less scarring and shorter hospital stays with decreased mortality.

Treatment For Locally Advanced Lung Cancer
Advances in the treatment of lung cancer allow us to provide multiple therapeutic options. Holy Cross Hospital offers multiple options for chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical intervention:

  • Radiation: Our radiation oncologists use specialized techniques to deliver the highest doses of radiation possible to specific areas of a tumor. This increases the likelihood of response to treatment with fewer side effects to normal tissues.
  • Medical Oncology: Our medical oncologists offer the highest level of clinical expertise and have access to the latest advances in the treatment of cancer with chemotherapy.

Clinical Trials
Holy Cross Hospital offers our patients the most up-to-date treatment and care options for lung cancer by providing access to multiple lung cancer clinical trials.

Our nurse navigators provide supportive care from diagnosis through all phases of treatment. In addition, patients have the option of support groups; community education programs; palliative care; social work and psychosocial services; and home care and hospice. Learn more about the Cancer Institute's support services.

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