Lung cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that, in most cases, starts in the lining of the air passageways of the lungs. As the abnormal cells grow, they can form malignant tumors, which can then invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body. It is one of the most common cancers, with more than 200,000 new diagnoses made each year in the United States alone.
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Most lung cancers are categorized as non-small cell lung cancer, named as such because of the types of cells found in the cancerous growth and how they look when viewed with a microscope. This group includes squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma. A smaller percentage of lung cancers are categorized as small cell lung cancer, a group that includes small cell carcinoma and combined small cell carcinoma.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we have the expertise necessary to diagnose and treat each of the unique types of lung cancer. Our Thoracic Oncology Program addresses all stages of lung cancer, as well as rare malignancies. We treat every patient on a case-by-case basis, using a highly personalized approach that allows us to provide the best possible care. This results in patient survival rates that are well above the national average and provides patients with an improved quality of life.
At Moffitt, our patients benefit from:
- The ability to see multiple specialists under one roof. Our lung cancer team is made up of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, radiologists, pain management specialists and supportive care specialists. These specialists meet collectively as a tumor board to discuss each patient’s case; this means that every patient receives a tailored treatment plan that has been coordinated by experts across numerous disciplines.
- The most current treatments and cutting-edge therapies. Our comprehensive lung cancer program offers a wide range of treatments, including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy, as well as some of the most revolutionary techniques, such as photodynamic therapy, radio frequency ablation and minimally invasive/robotic surgery. We will consider any treatment that has the potential to improve a patient’s prognosis and quality of life.
- Groundbreaking cancer research. Not only do we provide personal, multispecialty cancer care, but we’re also committed to finding more effective treatments along the way. Moffitt’s robust research program provides patients with access to promising new therapies and clinical trials. As a result, we have been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
To learn more about lung cancer, download our thoracic oncology brochure (PDF), request an appointment (no referral is necessary) or call 1-888-MOFFITT. Learn more about our Lung Cancer Screening and Surveillance Program. We’re here to answer your questions.