The Comprehensive Lung Care Program at CentraState Medical Center offers advanced services, expertise, and technology for diagnosing, treating and helping patients recover from lung cancer. Because CentraState’s focus is on the whole person, not simply the disease, we also offer guidance on maintaining lung health and complementary therapies to support self-healing and emotional well-being, while patients maximize the benefits of conventional treatment.
Our multidisciplinary, integrated approach assures patients and their families of continuity of care and the convenience of finding everything under one roof—in the friendly, attentive environment of a community-based medical center.
About the Lung Cancer Team
Our program is led by an outstanding group of diagnostic radiologists and board-certified physicians specializing in thoracic surgery, pulmonology, radiation oncology and medical oncology. Trained at leading academic medical centers, these doctors combine their expertise to evaluate and treat all stages of lung cancer. The team also includes Magnet-designated nurses credentialed in chemotherapy and certified in cancer care, as well as other professionals focused on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of lung cancer patients.
Accurate Diagnosis & Staging of Lung Cancer
Advanced image testing helps to locate tumors, so a biopsy can be taken to verify the existence of cancer. Tissue samples are promptly analyzed on site in our Pathology Department. If cancer is found, further sample analysis will help predict how aggressively it may behave and how to direct therapies to stop it.
Additional imaging tests may be needed to determine the stage (extent) of the cancer—whether it’s confined to the lungs or has spread. These tests can also help determine whether the cancer is in fact lung cancer or if it’s another type of cancer that started from another organ and spread to the lungs. This is important to know because the treatment is different for different types of cancers. All imaging tests are performed on site in our Radiology Department.
Individualized Lung Cancer Treatments
Each CentraState patient receives an individualized treatment plan based on his or her unique age, life expectancy, health status, lifestyle and personal preference; the severity of the lung cancer and whether it is a recurrence of a pre-existing cancer; and potential complications or side effects of each therapeutic approach.
The comprehensive Lung Care Program offers some of the latest treatments for lung cancer including:
- Radiation Therapy—External beam therapy, including 3D conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and high-dose rate brachytherapy. Stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SART) is also available – it delivers highly focused doses of radiation to well-defined tumors with minimal exposure to surrounding healthy organs.
- Surgery—CentraState was one of the first hospitals in the area to offer video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a significant advancement in minimally invasive lung cancer surgery. CentraState has two thoracic surgeons on staff who were among the first in the world to perform this procedure and have helped to develop and teach it to other surgeons across the nation. Together they have successfully completed over 6,000 video-assisted thoracic surgeries.
- Chemotherapy—Medicines that kill or halt the growth of cancer cells. This approach is generally used to relieve symptoms and prolong survival when the cancer has spread beyond the lungs. Options on the latest treatments for lung cancer may vary depending on an individual’s age, stage of cancer and its severity, lifestyle and other factors.
Some patients may be eligible to participate in a lung cancer clinical trial in which they receive the latest treatments for lung cancer before it becomes publicly available.
Complementary, Supportive Services
Patients may find dealing with the emotional and physical effects of lung cancer to be stressful, even isolating. To help them cope, we offer an array of supportive services.
Call 855-411 CANCER to learn more.