Advanced Care for Lung and Thoracic Cancers

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Lung cancer originates in the tissue of the lung. It is composed of two major types: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.

Thoracic cancer is any type of cancer that is located in the thoracic cavity or chest. The most commonly known thoracic cancers are lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Less commonly known thoracic cancers are thymus cancer and pleural cancer.

State-of-the-Art Lung Cancer and Thoracic Cancer Screening and Treatment

RWJBarnabas Health, together with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, meets the highest standards in lung cancer research, treatment, prevention and education in the nation. We offer access to the full spectrum of therapeutic procedures and advanced lung cancer treatment options including:

  • Lung cancer screening, which may allow for the treatment of various types of lung cancers. Screening may include some or all of the following:
    • Physical examinations
    • Blood tests
    • Imaging
    • X-rays
    • Computed tomography (CT scan)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Positron-emission tomography (PET)
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Tissue biopsy
  • Lung cancer treatment. May include:
    • Lung resection
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • Immunotherapy

Lung Cancers We Treat

Lung cancers are classified into two major types, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer. NSCLC makes up approximately 95 percent of all lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a rare type that occurs in 5 percent of cases. Lung cancers we treat include:

New Jersey’s Largest Network of Cancer Specialists

Our integrated cancer care model includes New Jersey’s largest network of cancer specialists. Our lung cancer teams include:

  • Nationally and internationally recognized medical, surgical and radiation oncologists
  • Advanced practice nurses with advanced credentials in cancer specialty care
  • Nurse navigators
  • Nutrition experts
  • Oncology support professionals

Our Oncology Nurse Navigators Will Guide You Through Your Lung Cancer or Thoracic Cancer Journey

Our oncology nurse navigators help patients through the entire lung cancer and thoracic cancer journey, from securing initial appointments to coordinating follow-up visits related to treatments and procedures, all the way through aspects of survivorship. Oncology nurse navigators also can refer you to social workers or financial counselors for matters about health insurance, financial and other challenges.

To schedule an appointment with one of New Jersey’s best lung cancer and thoracic cancer specialists, call 844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376.

Learn More About Lung Cancer and Thoracic Cancer

  • Lung cancer screening program. Identifying lung cancer in its early stages saves lives. Cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) allows specialists to detect lung cancer before it is too late, and often before it even produces symptoms.
  • Lung cancer symptoms and diagnosis. Lung cancer symptoms may be similar to those of other lung and respiratory conditions. They should be taken seriously and brought to the attention of a doctor. Receiving an accurate diagnosis is the first and most crucial step in lung cancer care. Our specialists use state-of-the-art screening methods, including low-dose CT scans, while taking lung cancer symptoms into account if present when making a diagnosis.
  • Lung cancer treatment. Our multidisciplinary team of oncologists and other specialists works collaboratively to provide care to people with lung cancer. We offer the most advanced lung cancer treatment options, including video-assisted thoracic surgery, 3D conformal radiotherapy, brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiotherapy.
  • Chest wall tumors. Chest wall tumors originate in the bone or muscle of the chest wall and sometimes spread. Learn more about tumor types, causes, symptoms, diagnostics, treatments and survival rates.
  • Mediastinal tumors. Mediastinal tumors are found in the central area of the chest and are classified by where they are located in the chest (anterior, middle, posterior). Different tumors have different causes and each is location-dependent. Treatment options include lifestyle changes as well as medical and surgical procedures. As a premier New Jersey cancer hospital network, we offer the breadth of expertise and an innovative, comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating mediastinal tumors with the latest technology, increasing the mediastinal tumor life expectancy.
  • Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that originates in the lining surrounding organs such as the lungs, heart and stomach. The cause of mesothelioma is unique; almost all cases are caused by exposure to the fibrous, powdery substance asbestos. Certain risk factors put people at risk of asbestos exposure and certain symptoms that signify someone has been exposed. A doctor can analyze risk factors and symptoms and order diagnostic tests to make an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis. Lifestyle changes can be implemented to reduce risk and symptom frequency and severity. Medical treatments and surgical procedures may also be used.
  • Metastatic lung cancer. Metastatic lung cancer is cancer that starts in the lungs and spreads to other areas of the body. There are some general metastatic lung cancer symptoms and others that are specific to the site where the cancer has spread to. Treatment options are prescribed based on the type of cancer and its location. The 5-year survival rate for metastatic lung cancer is 7 percent. Whether you need an initial consultation, a second opinion, or simply want to explore your metastatic lung cancer treatment options, we can help you find the answers you need.
  • Non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of cancer, has three subtypes: adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large cell carcinoma. Patients with non-small cell lung cancer may be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy or a combination of these treatments.
  • Small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer, or oat cell cancer, is a less common type of lung cancer. It tends to grow more quickly than non-small cell cancer and thus responds to treatment differently. This section will cover small cell lung cancer classification, symptoms, treatment and prognosis.
  • Pleural cancer. Pleural cancer is cancer of the outer lining of the lungs. Pleural cancers are almost always metastatic. Most cases are caused by mesothelioma/asbestos exposure. There are a variety of medical treatment options and surgical procedures for pleural cancer. Because it is a rare form of cancer and warrants a specialized treatment approach, we have a team of experienced specialists who use precision pleural effusion lung cancer diagnostics and treatments.
  • Tracheal cancer. Tracheal cancer is a rare form of cancer that requires specialized treatment. Symptoms usually only present in the advanced stages of the disease, which may make it difficult to treat. There are a variety of treatment options that can relieve symptoms or cure tracheal cancer. Several types of bronchial treatments are available as well as surgery and radiation therapy. We bring you all-inclusive tracheal cancer care without having to travel far from home. Our all-inclusive approach to cancer care ensures patients receive the finest care and the best outcomes possible.
  • Lung cancer clinical trials. As a leader in lung cancer and thoracic cancer treatment, we provide access to leading-edge clinical trials for cancer patients. Our oncologists work closely with researchers to bring you access to innovative clinical trials
  • Lung cancer support services. Our lung cancer support services include smoking cessation programs, cancer rehabilitation programs, palliative care and pain programs and cancer support communities.
  • Lung cancer facts. Knowing more about lung cancer empowers you to take an active approach to the disease. Read frequently asked questions and answers about lung cancer types, symptoms and treatment options.

Reduce Your Lung Cancer Risk — Quit Smoking and Vaping

Studies show that individuals are four times more likely to quit smoking when participating in a structured tobacco recovery program as compared to attempting on their own. We can provide you with the support you need to quit smoking and vaping and regain control of your health. Our programs are based on proven methods and staffed by certified professionals. You will first see the benefits of quitting smoking as soon as 20 minutes after you quit and will continue to see them for many years after.

To schedule an appointment with one of New Jersey’s best lung and thoracic cancer specialists, call 844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376.

Clinical Trials
The Latest Advancements in Lung Cancer Care—Close to Home

As a leader in cancer treatment, we provide access to leading edge clinical trials for cancer patients. Our oncologists work closely with scientists and researchers to bring you access to trailblazing clinical trials, which offer hope to patients with metastatic or unresponsive disease.

Patients enrolled in clinical trials receive innovative treatments that are shaping the future of cancer care. Talk to your oncologist if you are interested in exploring clinical trials. He or she can connect you with the latest opportunities that can offer an unparalleled level of hope.

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