Treatment Options

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, we treat lung cancer differently than other health care facilities in North Texas. As the region’s only NCI-designated cancer center, we take a multidisciplinary team approach to treating you and your cancer. You’ll have access to oncologists, thoracic surgeons, nurses, pulmonologists, social workers, nutritionists, and case coordinators who treat the whole person, not just the cancer.

Treatment depends on the type of cancer, how far it’s progressed, its location, and the tumor’s size. Your treatment plan is individualized for you and your specific needs.

Treatment options include:

Chemotherapy
Uses powerful medications to target and kill the cancer. This treatment can be used before or after surgery.
Clinical trials
Help researchers and physicians learn and develop the latest clinical therapies and medications
Surgery
To remove the tumor, using minimally invasive procedures
Targeted therapies
Medications that inhibit cancer cells from growing

Radiation Therapies

Our researchers and clinicians are nationally recognized leaders in developing and using radiation therapies to precisely target lung cancer tumors with an unprecedented level of precision.

These capabilities enable our specialists to more effectively plan, simulate, deliver, and verify radiation treatments using state-of-the-art technology and techniques.

These techniques and therapies include: 

  • Brachytherapy high-dose rate and low-dose rate
  • Combined-modality treatments
  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

In 2011 UT Southwestern became the first site in North America to test the Vero SBRT, an advanced system for delivering noninvasive radiation treatment to cancer patients. It combines several types of radiation therapies into one machine to deliver radiation in a concentrated, precise way just where it’s needed to target cancer tumors and spare healthy surrounding tissue. Our radiation oncology specialists tested the system and set the clinical guidelines for its use.