Lung Cancer

Through the years, we have offered innovative, pioneering treatments, including the first lung resection in the 1930s. In 2004, we performed the first robotic lobectomy in Minnesota, and in 2010 we performed the first robotic basal segmentectomy in the Midwest.
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of lung cancer is caused by smoking. There are two forms of lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common and can include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. Small cell lung cancer, sometimes called oat cell cancer because of the shape of the cells, often grows faster than non-small cell cancer.

Our Approach

Successful patient outcomes are absolutely dependent on the experience and expertise of the care team for all aspects in care, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Our multi-disciplinary team is consistently at the forefront of emerging technologies and methods, often developing new methods which are then adopted as a standard of care.

M Health thoracic surgeons provide leading edge technology and compassionate care to treat the complex medical needs of patients with lung cancer.

Through the years, we have offered innovative, pioneering treatments, including the first lung resection in the 1930s. Today, we are one of the few medical centers to use minimally invasive robotics for these resections. The result is better outcomes and fewer complications, especially for older patients. In 2004, we performed the first robotic lobectomy in Minnesota, and in 2010 we performed the first robotic basal segmentectomy in the Midwest.

In addition, we provide endoscopic and endobronchial ultrasound to stage lymph nodes for patients with lung cancer. Many of our physicians are also active in research, leading clinical studies on lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and thoracic cancer in collaboration with the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Endoscopy

An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. Endoscopes enable specialists such as gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons and thoracic surgeons to see inside the body without surgery.
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Lung Cancer Screening

The lung cancer screen requires no preparation and takes about 10 seconds to complete. It uses special low-dose X-ray technology to obtain an image of your lung tissue. You will have to be able to hold your breath for six seconds, however, while the scan takes place.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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TomoTherapy

TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
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Genomic Profiling

During the course of your cancer diagnosis and treatment, your physician may order next-generation DNA sequencing. No two cancers are the same. Next-generation DNA sequencing is a test your physician may use to better understand the unique molecular composition of your cancer.
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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Resection
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Robotic Surgery