At WVU Medicine, we provide advanced care for lung and esophageal cancers. At our Center for Lung and Esophageal Oncology, you receive treatment from an expert team, including:
- Thoracic (lung and esophagus) surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Respiratory therapists
Your compassionate team works together to give you the care you need. Our cancer care experts treat all lung and esophageal cancers, including:
- Chest wall tumors
- Esophageal cancer
- Mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer)
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Thymoma/mediastinal tumors (cancers in the tissues between the lungs)
We view each patient as individual, treating the whole person, not only the condition. We help you choose the treatments you want and need. We provide comprehensive support so you have access to complete care and resources.
Fast, compassionate cancer care
We know when you have a suspicious test result, you want answers fast. We strive to see new patients within 72 hours to help relieve stress and uncertainty. We work efficiently to design your treatment plan so you know what to expect.
We use the latest diagnostic tools to diagnose your condition and create a personalized plan for your care. These diagnostic tools include:
- Endoscopic bronchial ultrasound – a minimally invasive test where an ultrasound wand is placed into the throat
- Endoscopy – a minimally invasive test using a specialized camera
- Mediastinoscopy – a minimally invasive test to examine the tissues between the lungs
- Navigational bronchoscopy – a minimally invasive test to examine the lungs and airways
- Computed tomography (CT) scans
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
Your cancer team includes multiple specialists who will review your test results together to ensure you receive the right diagnosis and treatment plan. We believe our multidisciplinary approach helps our patients receive the care that is best for their condition and health.
Advanced lung and esophageal cancer treatment
At WVU Medicine, our experts provide innovative treatment for lung and esophageal cancer. From highly targeted stereotactic radiosurgery techniques to robotic surgeries, we bring the latest cancer treatments to the region.
You also have access to advanced clinical trials. In clinical trials, you can receive the latest treatments that are not available at every hospital. These clinical trials give you more treatment options and choices.
Minimally invasive lung and esophagus cancer surgeries
At WVU Medicine, our thoracic surgeons specialize in advanced robotic surgeries with more experience performing robotic surgeries than any other surgeons in the region.
Robotic surgeries use fewer incisions and precise cuts to remove and treat cancer. These surgeries help you have a faster recovery and better quality of life throughout cancer treatment. Robotic surgeries for lung and esophageal cancer include:
- Robotic segmentectomy (lung-preserving surgery)
- Robotic esophagectomy (to remove part of the esophagus)
We also provide advanced laparoscopic surgeries, including:
- Endoscopic mucosal resection for esophageal cancer
- Cyberknife lung cancer surgery to burn away cancer cells
- Cryoablation to freeze cancer cells
We are committed to providing advanced surgeries that help you fight cancer while maintaining a high quality of life during and after treatment.
Comprehensive support for patients with cancer
Throughout your treatment, you can receive care from palliative care physicians. These physicians help you manage your symptoms and side effects. The goal of palliative care is to improve your quality of life while you receive treatment.
After your treatment, you can continue to use WVU Medicine support services. Through our survivorship program, you receive long-term care to help you improve your health and prevent cancer from coming back.
What is lung cancer screening, and why is it so important for me?
Tobacco smoking accounts for 85% of all lung cancer-related deaths and is the leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women. It is estimated that smoking tobacco will have resulted in 10 million deaths by 2020.
Our goal is to detect and treat lung cancer at its earliest stages before symptoms develop. By getting screened, patients can lengthen and improve their quality of life.
Lung cancer screening uses a low dose CT scan (LDCT) of the chest that uses minimal radiation to screen for a lung mass or nodule that could indicate lung cancer.
According to the National Lung Screening Trial (2011), “there was a 20% decrease in lung cancer deaths when patients were screened with a low-dose CT scan instead of a standard chest x-ray.”
Who is eligible?
You are eligible if you:
- Are between the ages of 55-77.
- Have a >30 pack year smoking history.
- Are a current smoker or have quit smoking in the past 15 years.
- Have not received a chest CT scan in the last 12 months.
- Have no symptoms of lung cancer.
How do I get screened?
We accept self-referrals or referrals made by your primary care provider or specialist.
For self-referrals: you will be scheduled with our Nurse Practitioner, who will do a complete history and physical exam to assess your lung cancer risk. She will order your LDCT scan, if you meet eligibility, and then will develop with you an individualized treatment plan to help meet your goals and improve the quality of your life.
For patients referred by their medical providers: they will order your LDCT scan and, based on the results, will determine how they want you to follow up for further management and care.
We can schedule patients for an appointment with one of our certified tobacco cessation specialists to discuss treatment options to quit smoking.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover the cost for your LDCT scan, if you meet all eligible criteria.
For help quitting tobacco use, contact the WV Quitline at 800-784-8669.
Accredited by the American College of Radiology as a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center
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