Lung cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the lungs, usually in the cells lining the bronchi (air passages). Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both women and men. Most lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancer, while about 20% are small cell lung cancer.
Depending on the type of cancer, lung cancer treatment may include:
Some of the newer lung cancer treatment options include:
Brigham and Women's Hospital delivers state-of-the-art lung cancer therapy, as well as surgical treatment for mesothelioma and other cancers of organs in the chest wall.
At Brigham and Women's Hospital, our specialists provide the highest levels of care and innovative surgical lung cancer treatment options to patients. From personalized cancer treatment to state-of-the-art surgical techniques and a broad range of support services, lung cancer treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital is designed to increase the chances of survival and improve the quality of life for lung cancer patients.
Women with advanced lung cancer also have access to the Women's Lung Cancer Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center. The Program offers a wide range of support services, including a forum for women with lung cancer, nutritional services, and post-operative services for women undergoing surgery as part of lung cancer treatment.
In addition to lung cancer treatment, surgery for a wide variety of cancers is available at Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of the world's leading institutions for research and treatment. For example, we provide comprehensive surgical treatment for women with breast cancer, including mastectomy, as well as surgical treatment for all types of gynecological cancers.
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.
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