Your Care at Winship

Our healthcare teams are dedicated to providing the best care and newest, most effective treatments for lung cancer patients.

Winship draws upon Emory's vast resources in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology and pulmonology, in order to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treating lung cancer.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include pathologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, and support oncology staff. These teams develop personalized care plans based on the most current discoveries in lung and other aerodigestive cancer treatment and research, such as genetic or molecular testing for specific gene mutations that can be targeted by new therapies.

By concentrating on a specific cancer type, our teams offer you the highest level of experience and expertise in lung and aerodigestive cancer care. Benefits of our multidisciplinary team approach include:

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Access to the Lung Cancer Care Clinic at Winship and at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Lung cancer treatment and research specifically for the elderly.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new cutting-edge treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Diagnosing Your Lung Cancer

Primary lung cancer, or cancer that starts in the lungs, is divided into two main types based on which cell type is affected:

Other types of lung cancer are rare and account for only a small percentage of cases, such as lung carcinoid tumors and mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer most commonly linked with asbestos exposure.

At Winship, we use the very latest in precision medicine. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to test tumor tissues for a variety of gene mutations in patients with lung cancer, and use the results to select treatment options. By conducting thorough molecular testing of the tumor, we are able to match the treatments that are most likely to work for each patient.

There are many different tests and scans used to determine the presence, type and stage of lung cancer. Your doctor should determine which method or methods would be best for you.

Your Treatment Options

Treatment plans are individualized based on the diagnosis, stage and genetic makeup of your lung cancer. Winship performs molecular screening tests to determine the genetic makeup of your cancer and evaluate if new therapies can help in your treatment.

Your treatment options may vary, but in most cases one or a combination of the following methods will be used:

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Physicians give these drugs based on the stage of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with radiation and surgery to treat lung cancer.

Radiation: Radiation is the use of high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. Physicians may use radiation by itself to treat lung cancer or to shrink tumors before surgery. Radiation therapy is given based on the stage of the tumor. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

Surgery: Physicians may remove parts of the lung(s) and nearby affected tissues. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery, which allows for a quicker recovery, is an option for some patients.

Targeted Therapy: For certain patients with lung cancer, we use targeted treatments that are highly specific to the patient's cancer. The targeted treatments are often available in pill form, so patients can take them on their own at home.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.