If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer — the most common cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women — it’s important to make sure that your care team is highly experienced with lung cancer, as treatment methods and standards have evolved dramatically in recent years. The team at Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida includes specialists who focus on lung cancer and are up to the minute on the latest advances and knowledge. Together, we offer a comprehensive program to fight it that includes:
- Lung cancer screening, for smokers and others at an increased risk.
- Molecular analysis for every lung cancer patient, to identify the exact molecular subtype — crucial knowledge that informs clinical decisions and determines which treatment options are best for your specific cancer.
- Minimally invasive robotic surgery, including methods pioneered by our team and not widely available elsewhere in the region. In many cases, robotic surgery can offer a quicker recovery and less tissue damage compared to open surgery — the most common method nationwide — or other minimally invasive techniques.
- Advanced, precise radiation therapy techniques that help minimize side effects and tissue damage.
- A highly coordinated team-based approach to offer the most effective treatment and follow-up plan and a streamlined care experience
- A survivorship clinic and program to monitor and treat any recurrence, manage side effects and ensure that you and your family have access to all the resources you need.
- Sharing and applying new knowledge, demonstrated through Miami Cancer Institute’s membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, which aims to improve the lives of cancer patients through dynamic partnerships with other cancer centers and cancer care providers.
What is lung cancer?
Lung cancer is abnormal cell growth in one or both lungs, usually in the lining of the main air passages. It can spread through your lymph system to other parts of your body. Lung cancer affects more than a quarter million people in the United States each year, and claims more than 150,000 lives. The survival rate for lung cancer that has not spread is now more than 50 percent in the United States, but unfortunately lung cancer is often diagnosed in later stages after it has spread. The overall survival rate varies by state, suggesting that the level of care can play a significant difference. Miami Cancer Institute’s outcomes and survival rates match or exceed those of other high-volume cancer centers across the U.S.