Some of the greatest medical advances in recent years have come in the area of diagnostic procedures that allow doctors to see inside the chest cavity and perform minimally invasive procedures for diseases that occur in the organs inside the chest as well as in the bony structures and tissues that form the chest cavity.
Thoracic surgeons treat lung cancer, emphysema, diseases of the esophagus, including: cancer of the esophagus, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), hiatal hernias, swallowing disorders such as achalasia, and excess sweating called hyperhidrosis.
Diagnostic services and procedures that are available through the Division of Thoracic Surgery and the Lung Cancer Clinic include:
Diagnostic and Screening Services
The Lung Cancer Clinic uses comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), endoscopic ultrasound, navigational bronchoscopy detailed radiographic evaluation, and bronchoscopic biopsy or needle biopsy. The multi-disciplinary team (surgeons, oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, pulmonologists) reviews all the data to make recommendations regarding the best course of treatment.
Cedars-Sinai surgeons have expertise in a number of highly specialized technologies and minimally invasive surgical procedures to remove tumors of the lung, including:
- Minimally invasive chest surgery
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
- Wedge resection and brachytherapy
- CT-guided radiofrequency ablation
- Open surgery for complex malignancies
- Endoscopic laser therapy (laser, photodynamic therapy, microdebrider, brachytherapy, stents)
- Endoscopic metal stents to palliate lung cancer
Medical oncologists specializing in lung cancer offer a full range of chemotherapy and biologic targeted therapies for all types and stages of cancer. Patients have access to the latest therapies and clinical trials.
When appropriate, lung cancer patients are placed on a disease-specific treatment strategy developed by our physicians to ensure that all patients receive consistent evidence-based care. Each pathway combines innovative and promising clinical trial options with the best standard of care therapies. Ongoing review by the clinical team ensures that each patient receives the best and most effective treatment options available.
Patients have access to the largest variety of advanced radiation planning and delivery systems available in California:
- 3-D radiotherapy
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- 4-D CT technology