UPMC CancerCenter provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based care to people with lung cancer.
We combine the skills and experience of doctors and other health care staff in an interdisciplinary and coordinated way.
Every type of cancer treatment — traditional and novel — is within our scope of expertise.
Your lung cancer treatment team includes:
A care coordinator will act as the point person for the team. He or she will review your history and make appointments based on the team's treatment advice.
At UPMC CancerCenter, we believe that effective treatment of cancer begins with a focus on the patient.
Our experts collaborate closely and consider more than just the stage or type of cancer. We also take into account factors that affect your wellbeing.
We offer a range of services that can make your lung cancer treatments more effective and help you feel more at ease.
These supportive care services can help patients and their families prepare for and manage lung cancer treatment and recovery:
These specialists work side by side with your treatment team to ensure the focus is on you — not the disease.
We also offer chances to take part in clinical trials of lung cancer treatments that may not be available elsewhere.
UPMC's Department of Pathology — one of the leading programs in the country — is a vital part of your multidisciplinary treatment team.
Pathology experts assist your care team in deciding the best treatment using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools such as:
Thoracic surgeons may also perform a minimally invasive biopsy of the lung lesion.
The type and stage of your lung cancer, along with results revealed during the diagnostic process, will shape your treatment plan.
Your care team works with your referring doctor to propose:
UPMC surgeons have expertise in a number of highly specialized technologies and surgical methods to remove tumors of the lung.
Our medical oncologists offer a full range of chemo and biologic therapies for all types and stages of lung cancer.
We also offer patients the chance to enter into clinical trials through our partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). UPCI is the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Patients of UPMC CancerCenter have access to the largest variety of advanced radiation therapies available in western Pennsylvania.
Radiation planning and delivery systems we use include:
Your prognosis will depend on many factors, such as:
We will always work at the highest level toward achieving the best outcome possible.
Contact us about lung cancer care at UPMC CancerCenter at 412-623-LUNG (5864).