Lung cancer has affected millions of lives and cancer experts have worked for decades to battle this well-known disease. Some progress has been made in the fight against lung cancer and several advancements as a result of that progress are available at the CTRC: screening techniques to pick up early stage cancer, minimally invasive surgery for removal of tumors, highly targeted radiation techniques and new forms of chemotherapy that are specifically designed to attack targets expressed on the cancer cell.
Two main types of lung cancer exist: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Within those cancer types, subcategories of squamous cell carcinoma and non-squamous cell carcinomas, such as adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma, have been identified. Small cell lung cancer is less common, but doesn’t always require surgery. It can often be treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) for lung cancer?
The CTRC has a multidisciplinary team devoted to delivering exceptional care for patients with lung cancer. Our lung cancer team includes:
- Thoracic surgeons specializing in cancer-related surgery
- Radiation oncologists specializing in the treatment of lung tumors
- Medical oncologists
- Radiologists specializing lung tumors
- Social workers
- Palliative care teams
We will comprehensively evaluate your cancer and discuss your case with our lung cancer team in one of our regularly conducted cancer conferences. Our lung cancer team partners with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations for clinical trial-based treatment options for all patients.
Clinical trials at the CTRC
Lung cancer is the subject of a number of clinical trials and, as a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we offer care delivered by teams specializing in all phases of clinical trials.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.