Lung Cancer Program
The Lung Cancer Program at Winthrop’s Institute for Cancer Care guarantees that patients with lung malignancies — and those at high risk of developing the disease —receive comprehensive, state-of-the-art care. The Program’s broad range of conventional and innovative services are delivered with compassion and concern, underscored by the staff’s keen awareness of patients’ unique anxieties and fears, as well as a determination to alleviate their stress.
Provided with preventive, diagnostic and advanced multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient services, patients are assisted with navigating the often-complex continuum of care — from initial diagnosis through delivery of highly personalized treatment plans that meet their unique conditions and needs.
The Program’s team comprises a diverse team of specialists, including:
Lung Cancer Nurse Patient Navigator - A registered nurse responsible for helping patients and families move through the appropriate oncology disciplines as smoothly as possible by:
Thoracic Surgeons - Surgeons with advanced training to perform complex surgical procedures (open and minimally invasive) of the thoracic cavity, including the lungs. Their surgical procedures and sophisticated techniques, include:
- Facilitating information retrieval
- Presenting patients to the Winthrop multidisciplinary lung cancer team, Ensuring that the team's recommendations flow efficiently back to the patient and referring physician in an organized, timely manner
- Providing patients with convenient appointments for procedures as expeditiously as possible
- Supporting patients and families during their difficult times through constant communication with the Lung Program's medical, nursing and social work staffs
Interventional Radiologists - Physicians highly trained in radiologic imaging, they use small needles, guidewires and catheters to diagnose and treat disease, including:
- Lung cancer resections
- Video thoracoscopy
- Robotic Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) utilizing the daVinci Surgical System
Pulmonologists – Lung disease specialists, who perform many procedures that facilitate the diagnosis and initial management of lung cancer, including:
- Radiofrequency Ablation, a minimally invasive tool for local lung tumor control that involves the placement of a needle probe (electrode) within the tumor. Generating heat via an electrical current, the probe destroys the mass.
Pathologists - Physicians who diagnose medical problems by studying cells and tissue samples under a microscope. They analyze tissue removed for lung biopsies.
Radiologists - Physicians who play an important role in determining a lung cancer diagnosis conducting and interpreting imaging studies produced with:
- Bronchoscopies with direct visualization of the lung airways to obtain tissue for biopsies
- Evaluations of lung function
- Rehabilitation of lung function in order to determine if patients will be able to tolerate the surgical removal of a portion of a lung
- Treatment of respiratory symptoms and complications of lung cancer patients
- Consultations on lung cancer screenings
- Implementation of smoking cessation programs
Social Workers - Available to assist patients and families with supportive counseling and cancer support groups, Winthrop's social workers also provide valuable information and referrals to community and financial resources.
- CT Scans
- PET scans
In addition to traditional radiological, medical and radiation oncology, as well as surgical services, care may include options such as:
Fundamental to the Program’s multidisciplinary approach to lung cancer management is the Thoracic Tumor Board, which includes pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists and thoracic surgeons, as well as medical and radiation oncologists. They meet bi-monthly to fine tune each patient’s treatment plan.
- High-tech endoscopic bronchial ultrasound (EBUS) conducted to perform non-invasive biopdsies of mediastinal lymph nodes
- Leading-edge, non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery with CyberKnife®
- Integration of pulmonary rehabilitation and tobacco cessation programs into the treatment plan
- Participation in patient and family support groups
The Hospital’s Lung Cancer Workgroup — an executive group of clinical leaders —meets to develop strategic plans for continuing Winthrop’s attack on lung cancer.
Winthrop’s lung cancer specialists are intent on translating important understandings of bench side research into meaningful treatment advances that can be brought to the bedside. The Lung Cancer Program is fully committed to understanding the molecular origins of every cancer. In this context, all patients are screened with a full array of laboratory tests that may best define individualized treatments. What’s more, they collaborate with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists studying lung cancer.
For information about Clinical Trials, call: 516-663-9569.
For more information and appointments, call: 516-663-4637.
- Patient and Family Support Groups: 516-663-9062
- Tobacco Cessation Program: 516-663-2579