Expert Care Backed by the Latest Medical Knowledge
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Lung Cancer Clinic works to help lung cancer patients live longer, fuller lives using early detection methods, the newest drug treatments, and innovative techniques in surgery and radiation.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S., and it often spreads without symptoms. This means the disease requires the highest standard of care, with experts who specialize in lung cancer and are committed to creating a personalized plan of care that works for you.
Lung Cancer Expertise
At the Lung Cancer Clinic, our multidisciplinary team includes world-renowned lung cancer experts, with radiologists, cytology and pathology specialists, pulmonologists, medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, pain specialists, dietitians, and others, all located in one convenient clinic. We provide expert care for patients with any stage of lung cancer, including rare forms of the disease, such as mesothelioma.
Our lung cancer specialists are also highly involved in research and frequently pioneer new drug treatments that are helping to turn the tide against lung cancer. Through clinical trials, our patients can gain access to treatments not available elsewhere. Our clinic is also a recipient of an NCI grant awarded to only 30 U.S. research institutions, which allows our patients to benefit from special access to nationwide group trials for lung cancer.
Lung cancer requires specialized care, so we take a different approach than other health care providers in North Texas. Our team leverages a variety of techniques to create an individualized treatment plan based on each patient’s needs.
First, we work to detect and diagnose stage lung cancer as early as possible. Our advanced diagnostic technologies include:
- Bone scan
- Bronchoscopy, which looks into the airways for abnormalities
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Pathology and cytology biopsies using state-of-the-art procedures, such as thoracentesis and pleuroscopy, minimally-invasive robotic and video-assisted thorascoscopic surgical sampling techniques, and ultrasound-guided biopsies
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
If lung cancer is diagnosed, out team will perform additional tests to stage the cancer and determine the best course of treatment. For each patient, our team collaborates to create a customized plan of care that includes one or a combination of the following treatment options:
- Medical therapies, including:
- Chemotherapy – powerful medications that kill cancer cells
- Immunotherapy – drugs that help your white blood cells recognize and destroy cancer cells
- Targeted therapies – medications that target specific mutations in cancer cells
- Surgery options, such as:
- Loboctomy – removal of a section of a lung. We offer robotic lobectomy for patients who are good candidates for minimally-invasive surgery, which offers the benefits of less pain and scarring, faster recovery, and a reduced chance of infection
- Pneumonectomy – removal of the entire lung
- Segmentectomy or wedge resection – removal of part of a lobe
- Radiation therapy, including:
- Combined-modality treatments, which pair radiotherapy with chemotherapy and surgery
- High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, which uses a catheter to directly treat tumors in the lung
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) – onboard imaging systems on treatment machines that enable more accurate treatments
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), a state-of-the-art treatment technique that allows doctors to create a three-dimensional radiation field that conforms to the shape of the tumor and helps spare the surrounding healthy tissue
- Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) – a technique pioneered at UTSW that uses one or several high-dose radiation beams to more precisely focus on a single tumor
- Specialized treatments for patients who are experiencing discomfort or difficulty breathing. These include aggressive interventional techniques such as advanced bronchoscopic and pleuroscopic procedures.
In addition, we offer support services for patients and their families, such as:
- Cancer psychology
- Cancer screening, including low radiation dose computed tomography (LDCT)
- Community resources
- Integrative therapies
- Oncology nutrition
- Smoking cessation programs
- Support groups and classes
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a lung cancer specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.
Meet Our Team
Our team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, researched-based care that is also compassionate and patient-centered.