Lung Cancer Care in the Western Suburbs
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you are not alone. Lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer among men and women. Most often lung cancer is caused by smoking or secondhand smoke and exposure to environmental factors such as radon. But in about 20 percent of cases, the patient had no known risk factors.
The thoracic (lung) oncology team at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville and Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Delnor focuses on providing personalized treatments that follow national consensus guidelines while utilizing the most innovative and advanced therapy options available. Each case is reviewed at our multidisciplinary lung tumor board composed of specialists in: thoracic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, interventional pulmonology, pulmonology, radiology and pathology.
Lung Cancer Treatments
Your treatment may consist of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Our fellowship trained thoracic surgeons will evaluate your case and determine which surgical procedure is appropriate. Your surgical options can range from traditional lung surgery to minimally invasive procedures including the most advanced robotic surgical techniques that typically results in less pain and quicker healing time.
The following Thoracic Surgical Services are available:
- Chest Wall Mass Resection
- Neck Dissection
- Pericardial Window
- Lung Biopsy/Pleural Biopsy
- Robotic Surgery
Your medical oncologist will use protocols based on national guidelines to determine the best chemotherapy treatment options for you. This includes the review of available clinical research studies.
Whether in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery, or as a stand-alone therapy, patients have access to the most comprehensive radiation therapy options, including proton therapy*, radiation therapy and Gamma Knife®. All options are considered when developing your individualized care plan including access to current clinical trials.
Care Team Dedicated To You
To us, one of the most important goals is to reduce anxiety and stress associated with cancer treatment and to support your overall well-being. Each patient will meet with a specialized advanced practice nurse or physician assistant who will help guide you and your family through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
This provider works closely with your doctors to coordinate your care, answer questions and connect you to beneficial support services including dietitians and financial counselors. Throughout your care, this team member will be your advocate by providing emotional support and education about your diagnosis and care plan, from diagnosis to survivorship.
Support Services for Lung Cancer
If you are battling lung cancer, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, can be a vital component of your treatment and recovery. LivingWell serves as a gathering place providing comfort and community to anyone experiencing the effects of cancer. The LivingWell staff works to ensure that you and your family feel less isolated, better informed, more hopeful and empowered to take on the challenge of facing cancer.
Learn more about cancer support services in the western suburbs.
Make An Appointment
The care team partners work with your referring physician to ensure coordinated care from diagnosis through survivorship. To make an appointment with a lung cancer specialist, please call 630.352.5450 (Warrenville) or 630.232.0610 (Delnor Hospital campus). TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.