Lung and Thoracic Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. In New Jersey, our Cancer Centers are on the leading edge of care for patients with lung and thoracic cancers, with world-class diagnosis, treatment and support for patients and families.

Our specialized lung and thoracic cancer programs are designed to prevent, diagnose, treat, and manage lung cancer and other malignancies of the chest, such as cancer of the mediastinum and thymus. Patients receive care from a multidisciplinary team of lung cancer and thoracic cancer specialists who collaborate to make expert recommendations for treatment and cure of many forms of thoracic disease:

  • Non small cell lung cancer
  • Small cell lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Metastatic lung cancer
  • Pleural cancer
  • Tracheal cancer
  • Chest wall tumors

New Jersey’s Lung Cancer Specialists

RWJBarnabas Health lung cancer specialists are on the forefront of lung cancer treatment. With access to new combinations of drug therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, interventional radiology procedures, and minimally invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, they design treatment plans to offer patients the best chance for cure. Clinical trials and experimental therapies may also offer additional treatment options for some patients.

Our specialists include experts from every discipline relating to lung cancer and thoracic cancer treatment:

  • Medical Oncologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Thoracic Surgeons
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Diagnostic Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Critical Care Specialists
  • Complementary Medicine Specialists

Minimally Invasive Lung and Thoracic Cancer Surgery

RWJBarnabas Health lung and thoracic surgeons perform minimally invasive Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) and use advanced video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and robotic surgical technology whenever possible. Interventional procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, are also utilized for patients who are not surgical candidates.

Advanced radiotherapeutic techniques for lung and thoracic cancers, such as 3D conformal radiotherapy, brachytherapy and body radiosurgery, offer exciting options for pinpoint treatment of lesions and faster recovery.

Expert Diagnosis of Lung Cancer: The Most Important Step

The most crucial step in curing lung cancer is having an accurate diagnosis. RWJBarnabas Health Cancer Centers provide expert diagnosis of lung cancer—which is crucial to assessing the best and most effective therapies and treatment planning.

Our lung cancer specialists utilize leading edge, minimally invasive technology for lung imaging. Pathologists identify the precise form of lung cancer, stage the extent of disease and provide critical information that shapes the best course of treatment. Genetic testing is performed to determine the best drug treatment based on the biology of an individual patient’s cancer.

Screening for Those at High Risk of Lung Cancer

For certain patients who have a high risk of lung cancer, our Lung Cancer Programs also provide state-of-the-art screening methods including low-dose CT of the chest (LDCT) as part of our multidisciplinary program. Lung cancer screening and early detection can increase survival by as much as 20 percent.

RWJBarnabas Health offers special programs for lung and thoracic cancer, and a highly coordinated team approach to care. We bring together world-class expertise, technology, and innovative treatment options to help patients get the best possible outcome and maintain quality of life before, during, and after treatment for lung or thoracic cancer.

To learn more about our cancer specialists for your needs visit our physician finder.

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