Lung and Thoracic Cancer
Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital takes a comprehensive
and personalized approach when treating lung and thoracic cancer. We care
for every patient like a family member, finding the best therapy for your
Thoracic cancers affect the organs and tissues in the chest, including
the lungs and esophagus.
At Lynn Cancer Institute, we bring together surgical oncologists, radiation
oncologists and medical oncologists who collaborate on your treatment
plan. Using the latest technology and treatment advances, we’ll
work together to find the most effective therapy for your specific type
What types of lung and thoracic cancers are treated at Lynn Cancer Institute?
Our team treats all types of thoracic cancers, including:
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Malignant effusions
- Esophagogastric cancer
How do Lynn Cancer Institute experts diagnose lung and thoracic cancers?
When you first come to Lynn Cancer Institute, we will review your health
records and any previous tests or imaging you may have had done. In some
cases, we may ask you to undergo additional imaging tests.
Many of the tests we use to diagnose lung and thoracic cancers involve
inserting a thin, flexible tube (scope) into the esophagus or chest. This
tube has a lighted lens or camera on the end that allows your doctor to
look for signs of cancer in your organs or tissues. These tests can include:
Mediastinoscopy – This test helps your doctor look for signs of cancer around the
windpipe, esophagus and surrounding lymph nodes.
Thoracoscopy – During this test, your doctor will look at the space around your lungs.
Esophagoscopy – Your doctor will use this test to look at the inside of your esophagus.
Endoscopic ultrasound – During this test, the scope will have an ultrasound probe at the
end, which will send out sound waves to create a picture of your organs.
In some cases, your doctor may take a tissue sample (biopsy) during these
tests. Your doctor will send the tissue sample to a lab where a pathologist
will look at it under a microscope and check for signs of cancer.
Other tests we may use to diagnose lung and thoracic cancers include:
- CT scans
- PET scans
- Chest X-rays
Once we gather all of this information, your oncology care team will review
test results with the radiologists. Working together, we’ll pinpoint
your diagnosis and determine the best treatment approach.
How does Lynn Cancer Institute treat lung and thoracic cancers?
At Lynn Cancer Institute, we strive to treat every patient like a family
member. That means we will do everything possible to find the best treatment
for your needs.
Each patient has the opportunity to have an evaluation at our multimodality
clinic. During this clinic, you will meet with all the experts on our
team at the same visit. We’ll talk through your diagnosis, discuss
treatment options and spend time answering your questions.
After this initial meeting, our team of specialists will collaborate on
your treatment plan. We’ll review all of your tests and imaging
while considering your personal preferences and overall health.
Your treatment plan will depend on your specific diagnosis. For many patients,
treatment starts with surgery. At Lynn Cancer Institute, we have access
to all of the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive
thoracoscopic surgery and robot-assisted procedures.
Lung and thoracic cancer treatment can also include:
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
When you come to Lynn Cancer Institute for lung and thoracic cancer treatment,
you can expect:
- A unique treatment plan that’s tailored to fit your needs and specific
- A team that treats you like a family member and does everything possible
to find the most effective treatment.
- A collaborative effort on your diagnosis and treatment, which involves
surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.
What is minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery?
During this procedure, your doctor will make small incisions in the chest
and insert a thin tube with a camera on the end (thoracoscope). Your doctor
will then insert small tools into the incisions to remove tissue, tumors
or drain fluid.
Will I experience much pain during lung or thoracic cancer surgery?
Your treatment experience will depend on your diagnosis, the type of surgery
you receive and underlying health conditions. At Lynn Cancer Institute,
we strive to use minimally invasive surgery whenever possible, which usually
results in less pain during your recovery. Minimally invasive surgery
also helps limit blood loss, reduces recovery time and lowers the risk
for complications during surgery.
Meet the team
Our team includes medical oncologists, radiologists and surgeons who specialize
in diagnosing and treating lung and thoracic cancers.
Lung and Thoracic cancer clinical trials
We are actively involved in several clinical trials exploring the latest
treatment options for lung and thoracic cancers, including new minimally
invasive surgery techniques. To learn more, talk to your doctor or
view our list of active trials.