Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women and the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Lung cancer accounts for about 14% of all cancer diagnoses and 28% of cancer deaths. Though lung cancer affects non-smokers, smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer.

Despite recent advances in lung cancer care, most patients continue to be diagnosed at a late stage, making options limited and long term prognosis poor. With lung cancer, early detection increases your odds of survival. If you are a smoker now or were in the past, consider asking your doctor whether you should undergo annual screenings for lung cancer. Research from the American Cancer Society indicates that annual CT scan screenings may be beneficial for people at high risk for lung cancer.

Multidisciplinary Care for Highly Effective Treatment

At Carilion Clinic we are committed to providing collaborative, coordinated cancer care. Our team of renowned experts include medical oncology, radiation oncology, thoracic surgery, pathology, pulmonary medicine and radiology. We understand the anxiety you may feel upon learning that you or a family member may have lung cancer, so we’ll do our best to schedule your appointment as quickly as possible, so you won’t have to wait unnecessarily for answers or treatment.

Diagnostic services for lung cancer include:

Advanced lung cancer screening and diagnosis

Thoracic Oncology Conference

Specialists in oncology, surgery, pulmonary medicine, pathology and radiology meet weekly to review new patient cases and formulate coordinated and comprehensive treatment plans for lung cancer.

Interventional Pulmonology

Interventional pulmonologists complete specialized training in the use of sophisticated technology to diagnose and treat patients with lung cancer. Carilion offers several new advanced diagnostic techniques, such as endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy, that allow the diagnosis of lung cancer in early stages of growth. Many of the innovative therapies we provide are unavailable elsewhere in our region.

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Navigational bronchoscopy
  • Tracheal and bronchial stenting
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy

Interventional Radiology

Our interventional radiologists perform CT guided biopsy of lung nodules to assist in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer.

Surgical Oncology

Cardiothoracic Surgeons perform endoscopic exams of the airway and lungs and specialize in standard surgical procedures such as mediastinoscopy used to diagnose and stage lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Treatment

Our lung cancer treatment program provides a full range of cancer treatments. We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to care so every patient benefits from the collaborative expertise of an experienced team of specialists who meet regularly to discuss each patient’s care and progress. We are dedicated to helping patients maintain an optimal quality of life and encourage patients and their loved ones to participate in a wide range of complementary and alternative treatments, including nutritional counseling, and more.

Lung cancer treatment services at Carilion include:

Surgical Oncology

Our team of board-certified thoracic surgeons offer consultation, second opinions and surgical procedures, including minimally invasive Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Interventional Pulmonology

Our interventional pulmonologists offer new procedures such as tracheal and bronchial stenting, laser therapy, and cryotherapy, as palliative procedures for patients with inoperable lung tumors.

Radiation Oncology

In collaboration with Blue Ridge Cancer Care, we offer external beam thoracic radiation services that include rapid arc intensity modulation therapy (IMRT) combined with daily cone beam CT image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), as well as stereotactic radiosurgery (Cyberknife) and high dose rate (HDR) brachyradiation therapy. These services destroy cancerous tissues while decreasing damage and complications to surrounding healthy tissues.

Medical Oncology

In collaboration with Blue Ridge Cancer Care, we offer both inpatient and outpatient medical oncology services that include chemotherapy, a chemo infusion center/pharmacy, and clinical trials for new lung cancer treatments.

Thoracic Oncology Coordinator

Our thoracic oncology coordinator works with physicians to facilitate the workup and management of cancer care and provides personalized support and patient education throughout diagnosis and treatment.

There are many benefits to having a thoracic oncology coordinator which include more personalized and individualized care and having a helping hand in navigating the healthcare system.