The latest breakthroughs in Pancoast tumor treatment are available to residents of Fort Myers, Florida, at Moffitt Cancer Center located in nearby Tampa. Our high-volume cancer center is among the most prestigious in the world and features board-certified oncologists who regularly treat patients with uncommon malignancies like Pancoast tumors. The extensive experience of our physicians, combined with the advanced treatments they provide, allows our patients to have a greater chance at experiencing a positive outcome and an improved quality of life.
Patients in our Thoracic Oncology Program are treated by a team of multispecialty physicians in a single, convenient location. This team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, pathologists and lung surgeons who work together as a tumor board to develop individualized treatment plans. The specifics of Pancoast tumor treatment vary from patient to patient, but plans usually include a combination of:
- Surgery, most often to remove the tumor altogether (en bloc). Moffitt’s lung surgeons collaborate with neurosurgeons to remove invasive Pancoast tumors. This is a complex procedure that not all cancer centers offer.
- Specialized radiation therapy to shrink tumors with high-energy X-rays while minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues.
- Chemotherapy to shrink tumors and destroy rapidly dividing cancer cells with powerful medications.
Patients in Moffitt’s Pancoast tumor program also have the opportunity to participate in one of our clinical trials to receive advanced therapies before they are made widely available. Thanks to our ambitious research initiatives and dedication to improving treatment options, Moffitt has been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
At Moffitt, we strive to make receiving cancer treatment as easy as possible for patients and their families traveling from Fort Myers, FL, and other cities. That’s why we have teamed up with several hotels near our cancer center to provide discounted rates to our patients. These hotels meet or exceed our stringent hygiene standards and are committed to providing a comfortable, hospitable environment for rest and healing.
If you live in Fort Myers, FL, and would like to speak with a Moffitt oncologist about your Pancoast tumor treatment options, submit a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. A referral is not necessary to visit Moffitt.