Comprehensive Lung Cancer Care at UH Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center's team of board-certified and fellowship-trained cancer specialists and extensive support staff provide comprehensive care to help patients with all types and at all stages of lung cancer. Our team treats even the most complex lung cancers with an individualized approach, to improve overall lung health and quality of life.
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 the expert care they need.
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Advanced Diagnostic Techniques for Lung Function and Biopsy
If you have lung cancer symptoms, our specialists will perform a thorough examination, including a medical history, to understand your overall health and lifestyle habits. Diagnostic tests include:
- Bronchoscopy: Using GPS technology, a physician navigates a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera through the mouth or nose and down to the lungs.
- Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS): A guided biopsy designed to check for lung cancer and determine whether disease has spread to the lymph nodes.
- Fine needle aspiration (FNA): Placing a tiny needle into the tumor and using suction to remove a small amount of tissue, which can be evaluated under a microscope.
- Sputum cytology: A mucus sample is taken, then examined under a microscope.
- Thoracentesis: Drawing fluid from around your lungs with a needle so the fluid can be evaluated under a microscope.
- Chest X-rays: Images of your lungs taken to search for abnormal areas.
LOW DOSE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
For patients at high risk for lung cancer, our team provides low dose computed tomography (CT) screenings to find lung nodules or growths. A doctor's order is necessary for the test.
To undergo this advanced screening test, you must:
- Be between ages 55 to 77
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Be either a current cigarette smoker or have quit smoking cigarettes within the last 15 years
- Have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack years, which means an average of one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs of cigarette a day for 15 years
- Have a conversation with their physician about the benefits and risks of the test
With this screening, our team can identify abnormalities or other pulmonary issues sooner for improved outcomes. With treatment or long-term follow-up care by our team of pulmonologists, we can watch for signs of more serious lung issues, including lung cancer.
Individualized Lung Cancer Treatments to Preserve Lung Function
Our cancer specialists review your symptoms and lung function to determine your type and stage of lung cancer to develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific condition and meets your personal goals.
We consider each patient’s type of lung cancerand stage, as well as other health issues such as:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Potential side effects of radiation or chemotherapy
- Your general health
Your treatment plan may include:
- Chemotherapy: Anti-cancer drugs that are injected into a vein or in a pill form, taken by mouth. The most-often recommended treatment for small cell lung cancer or lung cancer that has spread.
- Proton therapy: Delivers high doses of radiation directly into the tumor. This advanced form of radiation targets only the cancer and doesn’t affect the surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs.
- Radiation therapy: We use innovative techniques such as brachytherapy, 3D conformal radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy to precisely target the tumor.
Surgical Expertise in Minimally Invasive Procedures
When surgery is necessary, our skilled thoracic surgeons have advanced training in minimally invasive techniques. Our team uses this less-invasive approach in the majority of our surgeries for less pain, faster recovery and improved outcomes.
We offer a range of surgical procedures for optimal treatment of lung cancer, including:
- Lobectomy - removing the lobe of the lung containing the tumor
- Pneumonectomy - removing the entire lung
- Segmentectomy - removing a segment of the lobe of the lung containing the tumor
- Sleeve resection – removing a section of the trachea or bronchial tubes
- Wedge resection - removing a triangle shaped piece of the lung around and including the tumor
Lung Cancer Clinical Trials
UH Seidman Cancer Center offers a number of clinical trials for patients with lung cancer. These clinical trials can give you access to leading-edge treatments that can make a positive difference in your condition.
Some of these clinical trials include:
- Lung cancer breakthrough discovery to predict patient response to targeted therapy.
- Study of the safest dose, side effects and timing of a cancer drug for non-small cell lung cancer.
- Study of a cancer drug and a chemo drug in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.
Expert Care for Lung Cancer, Close to Home
To be certain that every patient’s personal needs are met, our multidisciplinary team thoroughly evaluates each patient’s case and collaborates to guide all lung cancer care decisions. Our team of specialists includes:
- Surgical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Medical geneticists
- Genetic counselors
- Nurse navigators
- Nurse practitioners
- Social workers
Our team is located at UH Seidman Cancer Centers at both the main hospital campuses as well as many locations across northeast Ohio. We provide our patients access to clinical trials, care teams and ongoing treatments closer to home.