Breathe Better with Advanced Treatments
While smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer in the U.S., even non-smokers can develop this disease. In fact, lung cancer is the leading killer of adults in the United States. It begins when cells in the lungs grow abnormally and form a lump, also called a tumor, mass, lesion or nodule. A lump can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The two major types of lung cancer are:
Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type. It arises from epithelial (skin) cells that line the airways and produce mucus. Non-small cell lung cancer spreads to different parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer.
Small cell lung cancer (or oat cell cancer) begins in the nerve cells or hormone-producing cells of the lung. It accounts for about 20% of all lung cancer.
The Penn Medicine | Virtua Cancer Program offers a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options and personalized support services for those with lung cancer. You’ll receive an individualized treatment plan based on the stage of the lung cancer as well as your age and other health factors.
We offer the latest treatment options including:
- Integrated treatment with chemotherapy and surgery
- Targeted radiation systems including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
- High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for more precise treatment
- Minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgeries including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for faster recovery
For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).