The Penn Lung Center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating lung cancer. By combining the expertise of Penn physicians in a number of specialties, an individualized patient treatment plan is designed.
Penn's team of thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, dedicated anesthesiologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation specialists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists provide comprehensive expertise in treating lung cancer. These specialists incorporate surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy to deliver integrated medicine for complex management of lung cancer.
The program has dedicated specialists who evaluate and treat only lung disease. The team includes physicians with specialized expertise.
- Thoracic oncology surgeons who specialize in removing lung tumors
- Medical oncologists who treat lung diseases with chemotherapy
- Radiologists who use a variety of imaging techniques to check for the presence of tumors
- Pulmonologists with extensive experience in diagnosing lung diseases
- Pathologists who are experts in evaluating lung tissue
Lung cancer physicians are full-time Penn faculty members who have dedicated their clinical and research careers to improving Penn's ability to diagnose and treat lung cancer, mesothelioma and related disorders.
Penn hematologists-oncologists have extensive experience in lung cancer and related disorders treatment and research. These specialists are actively involved in planning your overall treatment. They'll work closely with your thoracic surgeon or other members of your team to plan your overall treatment and monitor your progress throughout the course of treatment. If you need chemotherapy, they'll oversee this aspect of your care.
These clinicians have received advanced training and are experts in using integrative approaches that complement the care provided by your oncologists. They can provide advice on these approaches and work with you to integrate these therapies into your daily life.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonologists are physicians who are expert in diagnosing lung diseases.
If radiation therapy is recommend, your pulmonologist will arrange a consultation with a radiation oncologist. Penn radiation oncologists are recognized leaders in the use of techniques that target radiation precisely to the tumor site while sparing normal tissue.
Radiologists are experts in diagnosing disease through the use of X-rays and other imaging techniques such as scans and ultrasound.
Thoracic surgeons or thoracic oncologists are surgeons who have advanced training in treating lung cancer through procedures that remove cancerous tissue.