West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled lung cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, thoracic oncology and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible
Lung Cancer is divided into two main types based on which cell type is affected: small cell or non-small cell. A biopsy – a procedure where a small sample of tissue is removed and examined under a microscope – will determine the presence of lung cancer as well as the type of lung cancer. A patient with lung cancer may also have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Bronchoscopy: a bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth and into the bronchial passages where the physician can collect cells or small tissue samples for examination and biopsy.
- Needle Biopsy: a procedure using x-ray or CT images to guide a needle and remove a sample of tissue for examination and biopsy.
- Sputum Cytology: a procedure used to examine mucus that is coughed up from the lungs or breathing tubes; the mucus is examine under a microscope to detect cancer cells.
- Imaging: once your type of cancer is determined, your physician may perform certain imaging tests – such as CT scans, MRI, and/or PET scan – to determine staging of the cancer.
There are several different tests and scans used to determine the presence of lung cancer, as well as the type and stage. To learn more about which method or methods would be best for you, please consult your physician.
Your Treatment Plan
Your Lung Cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Surgery: your physician may recommend surgery for the removal of part of your lung(s) and nearby tissue.
- Radiation therapy: radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. This type of therapy may be used by itself to treat lung cancer or to decrease the size of tumors prior to surgery. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation and surgery to treat lung cancer. Use of chemotherapy often varies dependent upon the type of lung cancer, so please consult with your physician regarding the appropriate treatment plan.
- Targeted Therapy: the use of targeted therapies has become a more common – and effective – therapy option for treating certain types of lung and other cancers. These therapies are tailored specifically to the patient’s tumor and its genetic make-up, providing a potentially more exact and effective treatment option.
There are several different treatment options for lung cancer, so please consult your physician for the most appropriate treatment plan for your cancer.