Lung cancer: Approach to Care
The Lung Cancer Center’s Coordination Center and expert medical professionals offer evaluation and personalized management of patients with cancers of the lung and chest cavity. Their range of expertise includes management of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, as well as mesothelioma, thymic tumors, and other less common malignancies of the chest.
The Lung Cancer Center is deeply committed to treating patients with exceptional skill, expertise, and compassion. These values assure that patients are treated with leading-edge therapies, including clinical trials, in a patient-centered setting. To ensure that care is streamlined, individualized, and focused on the patient’s needs, the Lung Cancer Center incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to cancer management. Specialists from pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, and oncology nursing work as a team to care for each patient.
Our Lung Cancer Coordinator provides a direct link between our patients and the multidisciplinary care team by acting as a patient advocate, communicating patient and family concerns, coordinating clinic visits, and setting up appointments within the UF Health system.
With one phone call to (352) 265-0649, patients can schedule all appointments and receive personal assistance from the Coordination Center team.
Multidisciplinary Care Team
The Lung Cancer Center brings together numerous clinicians and researchers dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Each case is considered by a group of expert physicians in radiology, pathology, thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.
Our patients also benefit from a wealth of additional services including:
- Specialized cancer coordination
- Weekly thoracic tumor board (team case review meetings)
- Clinical trial enrollment
- Social work assistance
- Smoking cessation programs
- Genetic counseling
- Patient educators and other learning resources
- Personal wellness and rehabilitation services
- Nutrition counseling
- Spiritual guidance
- Psychosocial support
- Art, music, and exercise therapy programs
- Palliative care
- Home care
- Support groups
State-of-the-Art Technology and Innovative Therapy
Our renowned experts utilize the latest innovative technology to provide comprehensive treatment options, including:
- Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
- Muscle-sparing surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Endobronchial ultrasound
- Interventional bronchoscopy
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Tracheobronchial stent placement
- Photodynamic therapy
- Referrals to the UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, FL