Lung Cancer Program
The Lung Cancer Program, part of The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, offers the most advanced services available for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of lung cancer and other tumors of the chest (thoracic). We have long been at the forefront of breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating lung cancer, including mesothelioma and complex cases. A recognized leader for its groundbreaking developments with annual CT scans, Mount Sinai's Lung Screening Program and protocols now serve as a model for medical sites throughout the United States and around the world.
Significant Expertise in Diagnostics and Treatments
The right treatment begins with the right diagnosis, and Mount Sinai offers a number of state-of-the-art tests for lung cancer. In addition to low-dose CT scans, we provide molecular testing (which analyzes a tumor's make-up in order to customize the treatment), bronchoscopy (which involves threading a tube tipped with a camera into the lungs to search for malignancies,) and endobronchial ultrasound (which involves threading an ultrasound probe into the lungs to search for abnormal tissue and using a tiny needle to take a sample of it). These diagnostic tests help physicians choose the best possible treatment plan for each patient.
Mount Sinai physicians are skilled in providing the full range of treatments, which includes non-surgical options such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, as well as advanced surgical procedures that use specialized techniques to successfully remove malignancies. These leading-edge procedures include the minimally invasive procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy (VATS), which uses only three small incisions and a specially-designed camera and instruments to remove the tumor with less pain and a faster recovery.
Our physicians are also skilled in performing extrapleural pneumonectomy (a complex procedure for malignant pleural mesothelioma in which the diseased lung and parts of the diaphragm, parietal pleura, and pericardium are removed), as well as sleeve lobectomy (a specialized procedure that removes the diseased tissue along with the air passage attached to it, then reconnects the passage to preserve as much healthy lung tissue as possible).
Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Team
We offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach in which doctors from different specialties work together to provide the optimal, personalized treatment for each patient. Each of our doctors has a specific area of focus (thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and interventional radiology, for example). As part of our approach, they participate in weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards where they discuss the best approach to each patient's specific situation. In the Lung Cancer Program at Mount Sinai, patients do not just see one doctor, but rather a whole team of expert physicians.