Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. That is why people who
are diagnosed with this deadly disease want to go to a cancer center
with expertise in the detection, treatment and follow-up care of lung
cancer. At Lankenau Medical Center, the lung cancer team focuses on each
patient’s individual case and is committed to providing exceptional care
for patients with all types and at all stages of lung cancer.
When it comes to lung cancer, early detection is critical for a
successful outcome. At Lankenau, we use the latest technology and
expertise in order to make an accurate and timely diagnosis. Our
patients benefit from a full range of diagnostic tests, including:
Chest x-ray – to look for any mass or
spot on the lungs.
Computed tomography (CT) – an imaging
procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer
technology to produce cross-sectional images of the
Positron emission tomography (PET) –
reveals the metabolic activity of a tumor or how likely
the cancer is to spread and allows the surgeon to chart
a precise course for tumor removal.
Needle biopsy – a needle is guided into
the mass while the lungs are being viewed on a CT scan
and a sample of the mass is removed and evaluated in the
Fiber optic bronchoscopy – the
examination of the main lung airways using a flexible
tube. Bronchoscopy helps to evaluate and diagnose lung
problems, assess blockages, obtain samples of tissue and
fluid, and/or help remove a foreign body.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) – To
identify and biopsy lesions in a minimally invasive
Treatment for lung cancer is based on the type, stage and size of the
lung tumor, as well as the patient's personal preferences, prognosis and
ability to tolerate certain medical procedures or medications. The goal
of treatment is to preserve healthy tissue while destroying the tumor at
its point of origin and any cancer cells that have spread throughout the
Early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (Stages
I, II, and some IIIA): Early-stage non-small
cell lung cancer is typically treated surgically. In
this procedure, a thoracic surgeon removes one or more
lobes of the lung in addition to surrounding lymph
nodes. Before such an operation, patients are evaluated
by their physicians to make sure that they can tolerate
the procedure. Treatment may include VATS
(Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery), a minimally invasive
surgical option. Following surgery, treatment may
involve chemotherapy or radiation therapy depending on
the size of the tumor and lymph node involvement.
Locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer
(Stage IIIA): Many patients present with a
large tumor with known lymph node involvement. These
patients have locally advanced disease. Treatment for
patients with locally advanced lung cancer may involve
surgery, chemotherapy and radiation—either individually
or in combination. Chemotherapy shrinks the tumor before
surgery. Radiation may be administered after the tumor
is removed to eliminate the last traces of disease.
Late-stage non-small cell lung cancer (Stages
IIIB and IV): Although surgery is not
recommended for patients with late-stage lung cancer,
chemotherapy and radiation are frequently used. The goal
is to enhance quality of life and minimize pain and
Small cell lung cancer: Small cell lung
cancer is typically treated with a combination of
chemotherapy and radiation therapy, depending on the
extent of disease. Surgery is not typically recommended
for patients with this type of lung cancer.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.