|Lung services are now available at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, including Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy, robotic surgery and other services.
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Holy Cross Health combines leading physician expertise with advanced technology to offer high-quality, comprehensive care that is tailored to each patient at risk of developing lung cancer or who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Our multidisciplinary team provides a comprehensive approach that addresses prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This team of physician specialists includes pulmonologists, medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists and pathologists, all supported by a 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.
These advanced diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic procedures are available at one or more Holy Cross Health sites:
- Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (EBUS)
- Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB)
- Radiofrequency, microwave and cryoablation
- Robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System
- Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
- Palliative radio-surgery for brain metastasis
- CT screening
- PET scanning (through an affiliate)
- CT/PET fused imaging (through an affiliate)
- Routine screening for molecular markers
- 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. Holy Cross Health offers a lung cancer screening program and participates in 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
Surgeons who practice at Holy Cross Hospital and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital specialize in minimally invasive surgical management of lung cancer. The hospitals’ operating rooms are specially equipped for performing these minimally invasive procedures.
We offer video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, both minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat lung cancer. Using VATS, surgeons can remove tumors using skin incisions that are less than one inch in length. Many patients experience less pain, less scarring and shorter hospital stays.
Treatment For Locally Advanced Lung Cancer
Advances in the treatment of lung cancer allow us to provide multiple therapeutic options, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical intervention. Through the collaboration of our specialists, neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy can be combined with surgery to treat patients.
- 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.
Holy Cross Health offers patients up-to-date treatment and care options for lung cancer by providing access to multiple clinical trials. A nurse navigator can share research study opportunities with you and help explore whether participating in a clinical trial is a good option.
Our nurse navigator provides supportive care from diagnosis through all phases of treatment. In addition, patients have the option of support groups, individual counseling and educational resources. Other support services include:
- Community health education programs
- Palliative care
- Social work and psychosocial services
- Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory therapy
- Outpatient Pain Management Center
- Holy Cross Health Centers and Holy Cross Health Partners for primary care
- Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice
For more information about Holy Cross Health’s lung care services, call 855-HCH-HOPE (424-4673).