Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from its original or primary site to other areas of the body. A tumor formed by metastatic cancer is called a metastasis. Almost every type of cancer has the potential to spread to the lungs. This includes bladder, breast, colorectal, kidney, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, stomach, thyroid and uterine cancers. Lung cancer can also spread from one lung to the other. Though metastatic or advanced cancer typically cannot be cured, focused treatment can slow cancer growth and control symptoms.
Board-certified physicians and surgeons at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center have specialized training in advanced cancer that has spread to the lungs. We offer particular expertise in molecular diagnostic testing and minimally invasive lung resection utilizing video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Interventional procedures such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have proven highly successful for patients who are not candidates for surgery.
As the thoracic surgical and pulmonary medicine specialists for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, our physicians collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts—medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists—to deliver the very latest advancements in cancer care, including access to clinical trials.
The Lung Center is located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the 15 Francis Street entrance. Thoracic surgery, pulmonary and critical care medicine and thoracic imaging are adjacent to one another, making accessibility and appointment scheduling seamless.