Lung Cancer

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Provides Personalized Care for Patients with Lung Cancer

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, we understand the anxiety you must feel. UH Seidman Cancer Center remains at the forefront of treatment, screening and prevention of lung cancer. As part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we provide our patients with excellence in clinical care, including:

  • A supportive, compassionate environment
  • A team approach to care
  • Leading-edge diagnostic tools
  • Personalized treatment options

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, we treat all types of lung cancer, including small cell and non-small cell lung cancers, from early to advanced stages of progression.

Multidisciplinary Approach

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, each patient is the center of a compassionate, highly trained team. Our tumor board review, led by a multidisciplinary team, evaluates every single patient case. We have the resources of an entire team of national experts that collaborates to guide all cancer care decisions. Our team includes:

  • Genetic counselors
  • Medical geneticists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pathologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Social workers
  • Surgical oncologists

Advanced Techniques for Biopsy

Our pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons have advanced training in minimally invasive techniques for lung nodules biopsy. They employ navigation bronchoscopy, a technique using GPS technology to navigate to lesions that cannot be seen with the eye. Endobronchial ultrasound can be used to biopsy lymph nodes outside the bronchus.

Outstanding Surgical Care

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, every one of our thoracic surgeons is skilled in minimally invasive techniques. Nearly 75 percent of our complex lung cancer surgeries are performed minimally invasively. This percentage is among the highest in the nation. Due to our low rate of complications and advanced care, our length of stay is shorter than the national average.

Proton Therapy

In addition to our advanced surgical, chemotherapy and radiation treatment options, we are pleased to be the first in the region to offer proton therapy to treat certain types of lung cancer. This advanced radiation therapy technique precisely targets tumors with maximum cancer-fighting radiation while sparing healthy tissue. Proton therapy is a painless outpatient procedure that can reduce side effects from treatment and can also decrease the risk of developing radiation-induced secondary cancers after treatment is complete.

Extensive Lung Cancer Studies

Our history of leadership in cancer research includes extensive lung cancer studies. For example, our clinical researchers discovered a mutation that predicted patient response to targeted therapy. A University Hospitals physician co-chaired the largest national study used to prove the value of targeted therapy to treat lung cancer. It was the first lung cancer breakthrough in over a decade.

Novel Biomarker Predicts Lung Cancer Survival

Our clinical researchers also discovered a promising, novel biomarker to predict the survival of patients with advanced lung cancer. Recently, UH Seidman Cancer Center physicians reported on a long-term study of lung cancer patients confirming the importance of ongoing surveillance.

National Expertise

UH Seidman Cancer Center is a nationally recognized cancer program with expertise for both routine and very complex cancer care, including advanced stage III and IV cancer.

Cancer Clinical Trials

UH Seidman Cancer Center has many available clinical trials for patients with lung cancer, including:

  • Studying the safe dose, side effects and timing of a cancer drug for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Learn more
  • Studying a cancer drug and a chemo drug in patients with advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. Learn more.

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