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Lung Cancer Treatment

Your treatment will be based on multiple aspects of your cancer, such as the cancer type and subtype (including biomarkers), cancer stage, lung function, and personal health (including abilities for daily living and other medical history). The healthcare team at Levine Cancer Institute will discuss your case at a weekly multidisciplinary lung tumor conference. There, the expertise of many specialists will be on hand to help shape a highly individualized treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and/or radiation therapy.

Surgical Techniques

Levine Cancer Institute offers a wide range of advanced surgical techniques, including lobectomy (removing the diseased lobe of the lung), pneumonectomy (removing the entire affected lung), or wedge resection (removing just the tumor and small surrounding area of tissue). Most surgeries are performed with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). The thoracic surgeon uses a small video camera through small incisions to remove the cancer, which results in a quicker recovery and less pain. The lymph nodes are often evaluated and removed if necessary during the surgical intervention.

Radiation Therapy

Levine Cancer Institute offers the latest in radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). IMRT and SBRT use advanced technology to target and destroy cancer cells while limiting the exposure of nearby healthy tissue to radiation.


Levine Cancer Institute offers the most effective chemotherapy regimens and use of targeted agents that result in fewer toxic side effects. Additionally, Levine Cancer Institute provides access to the latest and most innovative clinical trials in all aspects of evaluation and treatment of lung cancer.

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