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Piedmont Cancer

Lung Cancer

Piedmont Cancer Provides Personalized Care for Lung Cancer

At Piedmont Cancer, planning for treatment begins as soon as a lung cancer diagnosis has been determined. Our lung cancer specialists work as a multidisciplinary team to provide individualized care through a personalized treatment approach. Lung cancer treatment may include a combination of therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

We take a team approach to caring for patients with lung cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and navigators work together to provide personalized treatment for each patient. Treatment planning conferences are used to provide patients with a treatment recommendation. 

As a certified member in MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Piedmont Cancer has access to oncology specialist consultations from clinical experts at the top research cancer center in the U.S.

Surgical Expertise 

Removal of tumor tissue by a thoracic surgeon is a common first step in the treatment of many lung cancers. The usual goal of a surgical procedure is to remove all of the tumor tissue in an attempt to cure the patient’s cancer.

In some cases, surgery cannot remove all of the tumor, however, and a biopsy using a needle or a small incision is the best approach to determine detail of the cancer cells, grade of the tumor and any genetic abnormalities that may have targeted therapies available. This information is then incorporated into an individualized treatment plan.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage the DNA inside lung cancer cells. Piedmont’s radiation oncologists prescribe and administer the treatment using the latest technology. The radiation beam is centered on the site of the tumor or any cancerous cells remaining after surgery. While not painful, radiation treatments can cause fatigue or coughing.

Chemotherapy Treatments

There are many different types of medications that can be administered to help control the growth of lung cancers. These medications are prescribed by a medical oncologist, and can attack tumor cells directly, or indirectly through control of blood vessel growth or by stimulation of the immune system. These treatments usually follow surgery and radiation therapy.

Lung Cancer Clinical Trials at Piedmont Cancer

The newest treatment options are available to patients through lung cancer specific clinical trials. Piedmont oncology specialists review clinical trial options with patients during clinic visits.

Contact a Piedmont Lung Specialist

To make an appointment with a lung cancer specialist near you or for questions about treatment options, call 404-425-1800 or use our convenient Find a Doctor search.