Treatment for lung cancer varies from patient to patient. A number of factors must be considered before determining an optimal course of treatment, such as the stage of the cancer at diagnosis, its cellular makeup and the patient’s overall health and medical preferences. However, most cases are addressed with a combination of several proven treatments, including:
- Surgery – The surgical removal of visible tumors, affected tissues and/or surrounding lymph nodes.
- Chemotherapy – Intravenous or oral drugs that stop the spread of rapidly dividing cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy – Radioactive, high-energy waves that are administered to the affected area to destroy cancerous cells.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program provides the latest advances in traditional lung cancer treatment, as well as progressive forms of treatment like immunotherapy and minimally invasive robotic procedures. Our multispecialty team includes pulmonary specialists, medical oncologists, surgeons, physician scientists and other experts who all focus exclusively on lung cancer. Our physicians offer a level of specialized expertise that is unrivaled – the most rare and complex lung cancers are treated regularly at Moffitt.
Comprehensive supportive care is also provided to Moffitt patients in one convenient location. We understand the emotional and physical challenges that can accompany a cancer diagnosis, which is why our multispecialty team includes pain management specialists, dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, yoga instructors and others.
Moffitt patients also have the opportunity to participate in our robust clinical trial program, which is aimed at discovering new, promising treatments for cancer. Because we spearhead so many clinical trials, our patients are able to receive breakthrough treatments before they are made widely available.