An experienced radiation oncology team at Northwestern Medicine specializes in the treatment of lung cancer. As part of a larger multidisciplinary oncology team that works together to diagnose and treat cancer, our team of radiation oncology specialists, including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists, creates an individualized radiation therapy plan developed for a patient's specific needs. To learn more about lung tumors, please visit our Lurie Cancer Center website.
"It is that single-minded focus on specific cancers that sets Northwestern Medicine apart from almost all other medical centers treating cancer", says David Gius, MD, a radiation oncologist who specializes in treating lung cancers and other thoracic malignancies. "That focus enables us to provide not only the best possible care but also offer the best treatments that have developed from our translational clinical research."
"Because we are a major research center, we can offer clinical trials to our patients that often become the standard of care," he explains. "Being able to participate in these trials means our patients can benefit from these advanced treatments earlier."
Treating lung cancer
The primary treatments given to patients with lung cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Because cancer specialists at Northwestern Medicine work as a multidisciplinary team, each case is considered individually, with a plan created specifically for each patient.
When called for, lung cancers are commonly treated with two types of radiation therapies:
Through our clinical research, we offer our patients the most effective and safest therapies available, in addition to clinical trials that patients can choose to participate in.
The safety and well being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Northwestern Medicine. You can look at our entire process here. Many other institutions have used this process map as an example, in other to setup their own version of it. Our quality and safety programs not only comply with state and national protocols and regulations, but routinely go beyond that thanks to the work and effort that was done by our staff, with much input solicited from our patients and their caregivers.
To find out more about radiation oncology at Northwestern Medicine, call 312-926-2520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.