Lung Cancer Support at Winthrop University Hospital Cancer Center
At the Forefront of Cancer Care
One of the most comprehensive cancer programs in the New York metropolitan area, the Lung Cancer Center at Winthrop University Hospital provides state-of-the-art prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment options for all stages of lung cancer, including the surgical expertise essential for curative treatment of Stage 1 disease.
Cutting-Edge, Coordinated, Consistent Lung Cancer Treatment and Care
At Winthrop’s Lung Cancer Center, patients benefit from the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary team of some of the nation’s top lung cancer specialists, including experts in thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, medical oncology, radiation medicine, oncology nursing and social services.
Patients receive consistent, coordinated care from distinguished experts, along with the benefits of direct access to promising new therapies and pioneering clinical trials supported by the National Cancer Institute.
A Personalized Treatment Path
We offer leading-edge lung cancer treatment options and groundbreaking technologies to deliver the most advanced personalized care with the least physical impact on the body. Our center’s broad range of conventional and innovative services is delivered with compassion, and treatment is underscored by our staff’s keen awareness of each patient’s unique anxieties and fears – and a determination to alleviate 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 Lung Cancer Center team is comprised of a diverse staff of specialists, including:
- Lung Cancer Nurse Patient Navigator - A registered nurse is available to help patients and families move through every aspect of the treatment journey as smoothly as possible. Read more about our Lung Cancer Nurse Patient Navigator here.
- Medical Oncologists - Often the primary health care provider during the lung cancer treatment journey, our medical oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy.
- Radiation Oncologists - A physician who specializes in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer
- 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:
- Lung cancer resections
- Video thoracoscopy
- Robotic Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) utilizing the daVinci Surgical System
- Interventional Radiologists - Highly trained in radiologic imaging, interventional therapists utilize small needles, guidewires and catheters to skillfully diagnose and treat disease. Lung cancer treatment therapies include radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive tool for local lung tumor control that involves the placement of an electrode within the tumor. The electrode generates heat via an electrical current, and the probe works to destroy the mass.
- Pulmonologists – At our Lung Cancer Center, our pulmonologists are lung disease specialists who perform procedures that facilitate the diagnosis and initial management of lung cancer, including:
- Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB), which give 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
- 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:
- Social Workers - These experts provide bridges to support for patients and families. Read more about our Lung Cancer Center social workers here.
Additional Lung Cancer Center Services
In addition to traditional radiological, medical and surgical services, care may include options such as:
- 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
Fundamental to the Center’s multidisciplinary approach to lung cancer treatment 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.
Our Lung Cancer Workgroup — an executive group of clinical leaders —meets to develop strategic plans for continuing Winthrop’s attack on lung cancer.
Improving Lung Cancer Treatment with Research
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 Center 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, our specialists collaborate with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists studying lung cancer.