The Duke Cancer Institute treats lung cancer with a multidisciplinary approach that ensures each patient benefits from the combined expertise of our caregivers.
New patients are seen in the Duke Cancer Institute's multispecialty lung cancer clinic, where caregivers across several subspecialties are all available in one setting.
These specialists work together to plan a comprehensive treatment strategy for each patient that provides the best chance of survival as well as better quality of life during and after treatment.
Our team of highly trained specialists includes members of all the oncology subspecialties -- medical oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, pulmonary medicine, pathology, epidemiology, and genetics.
A nutritionist and counselor are an integral part of the lung cancer team, providing patients with resources and support they need to maintain a high quality of life throughout treatment. We also have a dedicated oncology pharmacist who works solely with our patients.
Our physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses have extensive experience and training in lung cancer, and offer patents another layer of supportive care and expertise.
At each clinic appointment, patients will see the same nurse, which offers greater continuity of care and encourages open communication between the patient and their care team. Patients can take comfort in always knowing whom to call if they have questions or concerns between appointments.
Our extended team meets weekly to discuss treatment for patients with particularly unusual and complex cases.
Treatment for lung cancer patients varies depending on the type and extent (or stage) of their cancer. At the Duke Cancer Institute we use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques that enable us to plan appropriate therapies.
We also offer a lung cancer screening program that gives people at high risk for lung cancer access to screening using low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scans.
The outlook for patients depends on the stage and size of the cancer and whether it has spread outside the lungs.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment at the Duke Cancer Institute. The multidisciplinary lung cancer team will create a personalized treatment plan to best meet your individual needs. Treatment may include one or more of these approaches:
The Duke Cancer Institute is also a leader in minimally invasive surgical procedures and offers several specialized procedures that offer patients faster and less painful recoveries.
Patients may want to consider participating in a clinical trial, which allows patients to receive new treatments before they are proven to be better than standard treatments.
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