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.

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.

Surgery

Our experienced thoracic surgeons specialize in advanced robotic surgeries.

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)
  • Robotic lobectomy (to remove a lobe of the lung)

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.

Radiation

Radiation oncology doctors use radiation treatments, also referred to as radiation therapy, to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. The radiation energy injures or destroys cells in the target tissue, making it impossible for these cells to continue to grow and divide. Our physicians offer radiation therapy, which is delivered by a machine outside your body.

Medication

Your physician may choose chemotherapy as a part of your individualized treatment plan. Chemotherapy drugs work to kill tumor cells and can be taken orally in pill form or intravenously. The type of chemotherapy that is used is dependent on the type of cancer.

Chemotherapy can cause many side effects including nausea, vomiting, and hair loss. These side effects can vary depending on the type and dose of drugs that are used. Other medications may be prescribed to help alleviate these symptoms.

Tests can be performed on your tumor cells to determine whether and what kind of chemotherapy would be best for you.