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Lung Cancer

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.

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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) and CT/PET-fused imaging — enable our clinicians to screen, diagnose and stage lung cancer, and select the most appropriate therapies available.

Our advanced diagnostics and therapeutic procedures include:

  • Laparoscopic surgical treatment
  • Thoracotomy
  • HDR brachytherapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Palliative radio-surgery for brain   metastasis
  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS)
  • CT screening
  • PET scanning
  • CT/PET fused imaging
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Clinical trials
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy

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.

Holy Cross Hospital also offers a Lung Cancer Screening Program to determine the effectiveness of annual screening to detect early stage of lung cancer in smokers and ex-smokers. Through this program, we also examine the effectiveness of smoking cessation counseling on individuals who smoke. 

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.

Support
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; genetic risk assessment; individual counseling; palliative care; social worker; nutrition counseling; psychosocial services; and home care and hospice. Learn more about the Cancer Institute's support services.

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