Lung Cancer is treated within Thoracic Oncology Program. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs. Your lungs are two spongy organs in your chest that take in oxygen when you inhale and release carbon dioxide when you exhale.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 220,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. The overall five-year survival rate for lung cancer is approximately 15 percent. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of patients are diagnosed while they are in stage III or IV of the disease. For those who are diagnosed in stage I lung cancer, the five-year survival rate increases to 80 to 95 percent. Get a Lung Cancer Screening at GW Hospital >

Lung Cancer is treated within the GW Radiation Oncology & Thoracic Oncology Program

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  • World-Renowned Patient Care
  • The GW Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Program is world-renowned for offering the highest level of radiation delivery and care to patients, while advancing treatments for future patients. Using state-of-the-art technologies, GW radiation oncologists deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with exquisite precision. The approaches we use reduce the number of sessions required for radiation treatment in comparison with more conventional approaches, while also limiting side effects.

Radiation Oncology & Thoracic Oncology Program Information

Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment. We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it's needed.

We provide patients with a wide range of radiation oncology services, including:

Our goal is to deliver high quality medical care and services to patients, to conduct clinical, translational, and basic scientific research, and to provide educational opportunities to patients, health care workers, and the community. Our dedicated, supportive staff will make you feel comfortable while you receive the personalized, world-class medical care you expect from the GW Cancer Center. Take the first step and schedule an appointment today.

Program Information

Collaborative Care
  • At GW, we have strength in our colleagues, with whom we work closely to design, optimize, and implement patient-individualized radiation therapy treatments. These include our world-class specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and internal medicine.
  • We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it’s needed.
  • During treatment, we will follow your cancer treatment on a routine and as-needed basis, in order to assess treatment response, manage any and all potential side effects as well as offer any further treatments that may be beneficial. Furthermore, you can expect that our expert radiation oncologists and clinical supporting staff at GW will treat you with the utmost care and respect.
  • We also offer the services of a patient navigator who can help with care coordination, communication and many other patient needs or barriers to care.
  • Our team consists of nationally renowned specialists in medical and radiation oncology, as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts from across GW.
Clinical Research
  • We are investigating approaches to combine radiation therapy with other treatment methods, including immunotherapy.
  • We are cutting-edge, pushing the clinical and technological envelope forward for the benefit of our patients.
  • We believe in developing clinical protocols to continuously improve the treatment paradigm for cancer patients everywhere.
  • We collaborate with researchers across GW to bring the latest therapies from bench to bedside.
Advanced Treatment
  • We utilize state-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • We provide patients numerous options for radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR).
  • Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment.
  • Our dedicated staff also offer supportive care and resources throughout your time at GW.
Leading Edge Technology

The GW Cancer Center provides patients with access to the latest technology in radiation oncology, including:

  • State-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a specialized form of radiation that precisely targets tumors
  • Systematic therapies including immunotherapy and targeted therapies (drugs that work at the molecular level to stop cancer)

Thoracic Oncology Program Providers

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Specialty: Interventional Radiology, Radiology
Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Specialty: Bariatric Surgery Center, General Surgery, Surgery, Trauma Center
Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Specialty: Cardiac Surgery
Specialty: Cancer & Blood Disorders
Specialty: Thoracic Cancer Care Program, Cancer & Blood Disorders
Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Cancer Care Program, Thoracic Surgery