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Thoracic Oncology Program

Breaking Lung Cancer News:

Twenty percent fewer lung cancer deaths seen among those who were screened with low-dose spiral CT than with chest X-ray

The National Cancer Institute has released initial results from a large-scale test of screening methods to reduce deaths from lung cancer by detecting cancers at relatively early stages. The National Lung Screening Trial, a randomized national trial involving more than 53,000 current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74, compared the effects of two screening procedures for lung cancer -- low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray -- on lung cancer mortality and found 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths among trial participants screened with low-dose helical CT.

Our medical experts in the Thoracic Oncology Program urge high-risk smokers and former smokers to schedule your screening today. Click here to find out more about our CT Lung Screening program.


About the Thoracic Oncology Program

St. Joseph Hospital's Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment's nationally recognized Thoracic Oncology Program specializes in comprehensive treatment for lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal, chest wall, mediastinum (sternum and surrounding area), carcinoid, thymic and metastatic diseases to the chest.

Lung cancer is a complicated disease that requires many combined modalities for treatment, such as radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy and biotherapy. Within the past five years many new treatment options have been discovered and researched that provide better outcomes and survival benefits for lung cancer patients. At St. Joseph Hospital we utilize the most recent medical developments and clinical trials to produce the best prognosis and outcomes for our patients. Our survival rates are 26% higher than the state or national averages. We incorporate the most up-to-date evidence-based practice into our treatment plans. and utilize the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines www.nccn.org when planning each patient's treatment. Consideration is always given to an individual's and family's needs and goals.

Our services include:

  • Dedicated Nurse Navigator
  • Weekly Multidisciplinary Clinic
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Social Worker
  • Pain Management
  • Lung Cancer Support Group
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
  • Smoking Cessation Classes
  • Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Outpatient Infusion Center
  • High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
  • Clinical Trials