Other Lung Conditions
In addition to those already mentioned, Mount Sinai provides treatment for a number of other lung conditions, including:
- Chest wall tumors
- Germ cell tumors
- Neurogenic tumors
- Cancer of the trachea
- Mediastinal tumors
- Tumors metastatic to the lung, including sarcomas
Treatment Coordinated Care Follow-up Care Diagnostics
A wide spectrum of screening and diagnostic tests are available at Mount Sinai, including:
- Advanced endoscopic techniques designed to detect early lesions and early recurrence.
- A full range of radiological testing, including advanced CT and PET capabilities, as well as innovative MRI technology with ultrasensitive resolution.
Mount Sinai offers a broad range of surgical, radiation and chemotherapies to treat cancers at every stage. In addition to standard treatments, innovative therapies include:
- Minimally invasive lung cancer surgery: Mount Sinai faculty who have led national trials in VATS lobectomy are the leaders in minimally invasive surgical approaches in the New York tri-state area. This technique may be the procedure of choice, particularly for patients with small tumor nodules of the lung.
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT): This treatment is designed for patients with unresectable tumors of the airway and esophagus, particularly those patients who experience difficulty breathing or swallowing. PDT – which involves a light-activated drug in combination with a medical laser – is often the palliative treatment of choice
- Laser therapy and stenting for esophageal and lung cancer: As alternative palliative treatments, laser therapy and stenting can have positive results on a patient’s quality of life. Laser therapy may be used to burn away portions of an unresectable tumor of a blocked esophagus or airway. Stenting may be the option of choice following laser therapy, making the effects more durable or, used as a technique to open the airway or esophagus when laser therapy is not a therapeutic option.
- Radiofrequency ablation: This technology permits patients who are not surgical candidates to undergo tumor removal.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery: The Novalis® Shaped Beam Surgery System is the newest treatment in lung cancer armamentarium. The device delivers precise, focused radiation to tumors, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.
- Brachytherapy: This treatment delivers radiation therapy via implantable seeds and impregnated mesh, an effective therapeutic alternative for patients with breathing compromise.
- Small catheter approach: This technique is useful in the treatment of malignant pleural effusions and usually does not require a hospital stay.
- New approaches for the treatment of patients with mesothelioma
Access to Mount Sinai-led clinical trials, including those designed to stage cancer and employ cutting-edge biologic therapies.
Clinical care at Mount Sinai may also draw upon behavioral medicine, genetic testing, and environmental medicine. In addition, Mount Sinai’s aggressive, multimodal approach to advanced tumors gives new hope to patients whom others have diagnosed as incurable.
One of the strengths of Mount Sinai's Thoracic Oncology Program is the multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. This team includes:
- Thoracic surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Plastic surgeons
- Oncology-dedicated nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Psychiatrists and psychologists
Coordinating information among team members to ensure integrated care for the patient is one of the program's highest priorities.
The integrated team approach of the Thoracic Oncology Program makes possible the continuity of care throughout the patient’s treatment, both in the hospital and after discharge.
Whenever possible, standard chemotherapy and radiation treatments take place near patients' homes, thereby improving their quality of life during treatment and making the most of the preexisting relationship between the patient and the referring physician.
When needed, rehabilitation services can also be coordinated, either at Mount Sinai or in the patient's home community. Mount Sinai's expert nutritionists and social workers also offer their specialized services to patients who can benefit from them.