Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in the United States, often grows silently without causing symptoms. This can be scary for those at high risk for the disease, such as smokers, but there’s reason for hope.
Treatments are improving, and some lung cancer patients are living longer with the development of new drugs, early detection methods, and innovative techniques in surgery and radiation – all happening right here at UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Simmons Comphrehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas – is the place to go in North Texas for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.
Pioneering Drug Treatments
UT Southwestern is a leader in new drug development for lung cancer, and through clinical trials our patients can gain access to treatments not available elsewhere.
For example, bavituximab, an immunotherapeutic antibody developed by UT Southwestern researchers, is now being evaluated in a Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, with lung cancer medical oncologist David Gerber, M.D., leading the charge.
In addition, our patients get special access to nationwide group trials for lung cancer because of an NCI grant given to only 30 research institutions in the U.S.
Experienced with All Types of Lung Cancer
At Simmons Comphrehensive Cancer Center, we treat all types of lung cancer at all stages. The two most common types, small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, account for most cases, but our specialists also are experienced with mesothelioma and other types of tumors or cancers that can start in the lungs.
Meet the Team
When surgery is needed, our dedicated thoracic surgeons are skilled in the most minimally invasive techniques. They offer decades of experience in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for lung cancer.
Our radiation oncologists are leaders in developing new ways to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients and are known globally for their pioneering work in this area.
For example, radiation oncologist Robert Timmerman, M.D., was one of the first physicians to use stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) to treat cancer in the body, leading a number of studies that changed the standard of care worldwide for certain early stage lung cancer patients. Recently, Dr. Timmerman and fellow radiation oncologist Puneeth Iyengar, M.D., Ph.D., found that SABR along with a specific chemotherapy regimen more than doubled survival rates for certain stage IV lung cancer patients.
How We Can Help
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with early-stage or advanced lung cancer, or if you have recurrent lung cancer, we offer comprehensive treatment that’s individualized to meet your specific needs.
Our treatment program includes:
- World-renowned experts in lung cancer treatment and research
- Multidisciplinary clinics, with all specialists in one location for seamless care
- The latest treatments through clinical trials
- State-of-the-art technology for the delivery of highly precise radiation therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery, which covers a variety of techniques that have in common the use of tiny incisions instead of the traditional “open” surgical method, causing less injury to the body and leading to quicker recovery times
- A dedicated patient coordinator to ensure you receive the care you need in a timely fashion
- A support team of pain specialists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, financial counselors, and specially trained nurses
Through our personalized programs, you and your family get answers to your questions, gain new coping strategies, and receive emotional and practical support while fighting your cancer.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a lung cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.