Diagnostic staging procedures used include:
For lung cancer patients, staging determines:
For esophageal cancer patients, staging determines:
Personalized therapy with chemotherapeutic and targeted agents based on an individual patient's molecular characteristics.
Options may include chemotherapy after surgery and targeted therapies for medical treatment of lung cancer.
Minimally invasive surgery is designed to reduce tissue damage and post-surgical pain while promoting a faster recovery. Included in our minimally invasive surgery techniques is video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Hollings Cancer Center is one of only a few centers in the Southeast using the VATS technique in a large percentage of cases.
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center offers the Virtual Tumor Board, which aims to provide lung cancer consultations and second opinions to other physicians in the region. The patient will receive the benefit of a multi-specialty consultation provided by the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center thoracic cancer team, without having to leave their community provider.
Information transmitted to and from MUSC is managed through a secure internet connection and referring physicians will have the ability to interact via video feed with the entire MUSC Thoracic Team.
Along with state-of-the-art treatments, Hollings assists patients in dealing with the financial, physical and emotional aspects of having cancer.
When a spot was found on one of my lungs, Dr. Denlinger recommended a minimally-invasive procedure called VATs, or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. “Thanks to this procedure and the wonderful staff at MUSC, I’m cancer free and back to my active life in Hilton Head.”
Our clinical trials for lung and other thoracic cancers offer patients access to cutting-edge therapies that may not be available anywhere else.