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 unique needs.
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 of cancer.
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 diagnosis.
- 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.
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.
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.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.