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The Lung Cancer Institute

The Lung Cancer Institute at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ is committed to partnering with patients by offering lung cancer education, screening, diagnostic tools and treatment options. We are dedicated to providing quality care and achieving the highest level of patient satisfaction.

Lung Cancer Treatment Options

At the Lung Cancer Institute, conveniently located in Essex County, New Jersey, we provide a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to lung cancer care. Our team of lung cancer specialists has experience in treating both early-stage and complex cases of lung cancer. Our goal is to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan that matches their needs, and offers the lowest risk and highest chance of cure.

We hold bi-weekly conferences to review cases and discuss optimal treatment options for our patients with lung cancer. This conference helps ensure that all of the lung cancer specialists provide lung cancer treatment options that are tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Our integrated treatment programs offer comprehensive care, which may include:

  • Surgery. During surgery, the lung cancer and a margin of healthy tissue are removed. In some cases, lymph nodes from the chest may also be removed to check them for signs of cancer.
  • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. These drugs may be given through a vein in the arm or taken orally. Typically, a combination of drugs is given in a series of treatments over a period or weeks or months, with breaks in between.
  • Radiation therapy. This uses high-powered energy beams to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy can be directed at the lung cancer from outside the body in a procedure called external beam radiation. Alternatively, radiation therapy can be put inside needles, seeds or catheters and placed inside your body close to the cancer. This is called brachytherapy. Radiation therapy may be used after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells, or it may be used as the first treatment option for lung cancers that can’t be removed with surgery. In advanced lung cancer, radiation therapy may be used to relieve pain and other symptoms.
  • Targeted drug therapy. This term refers to newer cancer treatments that work by targeting specific abnormalities in cancer cells. Some targeted therapies only work in people whose cancer cells have certain genetic mutations. Targeted therapies are often in combination with chemotherapy drugs.
  • Genetic counseling.
  • Psychosocial support.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you and your doctor will work together to choose the lung cancer treatment options that are right for you based on several factors, such as your overall health, the type and stage of your cancer, and your personal preferences.

Free Lung Cancer Screening for Eligible Patients

The Lung Cancer Institute at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ has joined the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program to offer a free, life-saving test for early detection of lung cancer. The free program includes low-dose CT screening for individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer.

Eligible patients include:

  • Current or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 74 with a history of 30 pack-years or more. A pack-year is the number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked. For example, one pack per day for 30 years equals 30 pack-years.
  • Those ages 50 years and older with a 20 pack-year smoking history and one of the following:
    • Exposure to radon, asbestos, silica, diesel fumes, chromium and nickel
    • Personal history of prior lymphoma or smoking-related cancers, such as head and neck cancer, bladder cancer or esophageal cancer
    • Family history of lung cancer
    • Diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis

If you have a patient in New Jersey who may be at risk, please have him/her contact the Lung Cancer Institute at 973-322-6644 for more information or to schedule a free lung cancer screening.