Treatment for lung cancer may include one or more of the following:
- Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
- Radiation therapy
- Photodynamic therapy
- Clinical trials
- Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy
- Laser therapy
The Inova Thoracic Oncology Program offers many treatment options for lung cancer, including image guided radiation therapy like Trilogy™, stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, and new minimally invasive surgical techniques. Trilogy is an ideal technology for lung cancer because it offers "respiratory gating," a feature that helps monitor and adjust to a patient’s breathing and other subtle body motions.
Inova’s fellowship-trained thoracic surgery team is the region’s most experienced, with extensive experience in the latest minimally-invasive procedures for lung cancer treatment. The advanced surgical alternatives practiced at Inova result in far less trauma to patients in addition to quicker recoveries and higher survival rates. The program also focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach to care that includes all the disciplines involved in a patient's care. For more information, call 703-776-3777. Learn more online about Inova Thoracic Oncology Program
Today lung cancer is increasingly diagnosed early, which makes surgery a more effective treatment option. The new minimally invasive techniques available from the expert surgeons at the Inova Thoracic Oncology Program are especially beneficial for patients who are good candidates. Instead of a large incision, surgeons make two small incisions two to four centimeters each. Patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery experience less pain and a faster recovery. This is especially helpful for those who must recover from surgery before beginning a complementary regimen of chemotherapy.