Sentara Cancer Network Lung Cancer Program
Our specialists are experts in the complex treatment of lung cancer. These experts work together to provide individualized treatment for each patient. Specialists include:
- Medical oncologists specialize in the medical treatment of cancer, such as chemotherapy or biologic therapy. They often coordinate and oversee a patient’s cancer care.
- Radiation oncologists specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy, which uses targeted, penetrating rays of energy to destroy cancer cells.
- Thoracic surgeons specialize in the surgical treatment of diseases of the lung and chest, including lung cancer.
- Pulmonologists are experts in respiratory diseases who help to prevent, diagnose and treat lung cancer.
- Radiologists (diagnostic and interventional) specialize in minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat diseases, including lung cancer.
- Pathologists examine cells and tissue, helping to diagnose and stage disease, including cancer.
Other healthcare providers may work alongside these physicians to provide patients other therapies and support. They include:
- Physical therapists design individualized exercise plans for lung cancer patients to help reduce fatigue, build strength and improve quality of life.
- Occupational therapists work with patients after treatment to strengthen or regain the ability to perform daily activities, boosting function and independence.
- Patient navigators help lung cancer patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. They answer questions, explain the treatment process and coordinate appointments.
The multidisciplinary specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer collaborate to provide patients exceptional cancer care. These physicians discuss patient cases via a multidisciplinary cancer conference, also called a tumor board, to develop the best treatment plan for each individual.