Lung cancer is cancer that develops in tissues of the lungs, most commonly in the cells that line the bronchi, or air passages. For both men and women, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. There are three main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer, which is the most common, and small cell lung cancer.
Lung cancer therapy depends on the type of lung cancer. Surgical options include:
Radiation therapy may be used as part of lung cancer therapy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. External radiation uses a machine outside the body to target the tumor, while internal radiation uses a radioactive substance that is swallowed, injected or implanted near the tumor. Chemotherapy drugs may also be used as part of lung cancer therapy to kill cancer cells or interfere with their ability to divide and grow.
Innovative new lung cancer therapy options have been developed, including:
For patients seeking surgery for lung cancer, Brigham and Women's Hospital delivers state-of-the-art lung cancer treatment. We also provide surgery for mesothelioma and other cancers of organs in the chest wall.
Brigham and Women's Hospital provides the highest levels of surgical care and innovative treatment options to patients. Our leading lung cancer therapy specialists offer personalized cancer surgery, state-of-the-art surgical techniques and a broad range of support services. Brigham and Women's Hospital provides lung cancer therapy designed to increase the chances of survival and improve the quality of life for lung cancer patients.
The Women's Lung Cancer Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is dedicated to providing care for women with advanced lung cancer. The Program offers a wide range of support services, including a forum for women with lung cancer, nutritional services, and post-operative services for patients undergoing surgery as part of their lung cancer therapy. The Program's research team strives to develop better ways to stage lung cancer and prevent it from recurring.
In addition, Brigham and Women's Hospital is one of the world's leading institutions for research and therapy for women with cancer, including lung cancer therapy. For women with breast and gynecologic cancers, we provide comprehensive care, including breast cancer therapy options, such as lumpectomy, as well as endometrial, cervical and ovarian cancer treatment.
The Women’s Lung Cancer Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center is a collaboration among world-renowned cancer experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In this video, Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD, Director, Women’s Lung Cancer Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains the significance of lung cancer in women, which accounts for more cancer deaths than breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. She also describes how lung cancer in men and women differs in terms of risk factors, cancer type and response to treatment. Learn more about Lung Cancer Therapy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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