The following services are offered at the Lung Cancer Clinic:
- Comprehensive Treatment Planning
- Diagnostic and Screening Services
- Surgical Services
- Medical Oncology Services
- Radiation Therapy
- Supportive Services
Comprehensive Treatment Planning
The Lung Cancer Clinic brings together a multidisciplinary team of leading experts in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pulmonology, pathology, and radiology. Treatment strategies are developed with referring physicians and often involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of treatments and clinical trials when appropriate.
Diagnostic and Screening Services
The Lung Cancer Clinic uses comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, including endobronchial ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound, detailed radiographic evaluation, a bronchoscopic biopsy or needle biopsy to assist the team in determining the best course of treatment. Thoracic surgeons also may be asked to perform a minimally invasive biopsy of the lung lesion.
Cedars-Sinai surgeons have expertise in a number of highly specialized technologies and minimally invasive surgical procedures to remove tumors of the lung, including:
- Minimally invasive surgical options
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
- Wedge resection and brachytherapy
- CT-guided radiofrequency ablation
- Open surgery for complex malignancies
- Endoscopic laser therapy
- Endoscopic metal stents to palliate lung cancer
Medical Oncology Services
Medical oncologists specializing in lung cancer offer a full range of chemotherapy and biologic targeted therapies for all types and stages of cancer. Patients have access to the latest therapies and clinical trials.
When appropriate, lung cancer patients are placed on a clinical pathway, a disease-specific treatment strategy developed by our physicians to ensure that all patients receive consistent evidence-based care. Each pathway combines innovative and promising clinical trial options with the best standard of care therapies. Ongoing review by the clinical team ensures that each pathway remains the best and most effective treatment option available.
Patients have access to the largest variety of advanced radiation planning and delivery systems available in California:
- 3-D radiotherapy
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- 4-D CT technology
The Lung Cancer Clinic offers supportive services along with the treatment plan. These services include:
- Pain management
- Behavioral medicine
- Palliative care
- Social work
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888-9-LUNG-99.