Lung cancer, the most common cancer originating in the thoracic (chest) cavity, often starts in the cells lining the air passages. Two primary types of lung cancer, small cell and non–small cell, grow differently and require different treatments. Screening to detect lung and thoracic cancers at their earliest stages is important because symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and bloody mucus may not be apparent until the cancer is very advanced.
Tobacco smoking remains the primary cause of lung cancer, although anyone—even nonsmokers—can contract the disease from some combination of genetics, radon or asbestos exposure, air pollution or secondhand tobacco smoke. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation or a combination of options.
Excellence in Lung & Thoracic Care
At Parkland Medical Center, we offer you access to the latest procedures for screening, diagnosis and treatment of lung and thoracic cancers—all focused on enhancing your quality of life.
In collaboration with the nationally accredited cancer care specialists from our affiliation with the Sofia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and our sister facility, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our multispecialty approach means a dedicated team of diverse clinical professionals—such as medical oncologists, thoracic surgical oncologists and pulmonologists—discusses your care, provides multiple second opinions with individual attention to your situation and maps a plan of treatment, recovery and follow–up tailored to your needs.
Low–Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer
Early detection remains the key to better outcomes. To assess your risk for lung or thoracic cancer, take advantage of screenings offered at Parkland Medical Center. You’ll receive a consultation, a low–radiation–dose CT scan and a follow–up appointment with one of our specialists. You’ll benefit from advanced screening practices, including:
- Multiple early and accurate screening options for those at risk of lung cancer
- Prompt diagnosis and effective treatment that improves outcomes
- Advanced lung and thoracic surgery by experienced surgeons at our sister facility, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, to reduce risk and enhance survival
Advanced Technology for Diagnosis & Treatment
Our extensive network of experienced medical professionals treat new and recurring lung, esophageal, pleural, mediastinal and chest wall tumors with the most advanced and minimally invasive technology:
- Esophageal ultrasound (EUS)
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) to help determine the level (stage) of lung cancer
- 1.5T MRI, CT scanning and PET diagnostic imaging to assess tumor growth
- Access to photodynamic therapy (PDT) for esophageal cancer and Barrett’s esophagus at our sister facility in Portsmouth
- Cancer surgery
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
- Chemotherapy, biotherapy and infusion
- Access to interventional radiology and radiation therapy services at our affiliate locations and regional partner sites
Support for Your Success
The more you know, the better your outcome can be. That’s why we integrate education and support throughout our program of care. You benefit from our broad range of services, such as:
- Pulmonary care to address a variety of acute and chronic lung conditions
- Dietitians who help you deal with changing nutritional needs as you recover from surgery and pursue follow-up treatments
- Case managers to assist with all aspects of your care, from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and beyond
- Our medical oncology department’s extensive educational materials and resource library
- A variety of support options for women and men
Rehabilitation & Recovery
Support your recovery and regain function during and after treatment by taking advantage of the extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Parkland Medical Center. Our compassionate clinicians, nurses and therapists deliver the expert care you need. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our extensive cancer recovery and support resources, lunch–and–learn sessions, healing arts workshops, palliative care, pain management and more.
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