Winship draws upon Emory's vast resources in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology and pulmonology, in order to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treating lung cancer.
Our multidisciplinary care teams include pathologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, and support oncology staff. These teams develop personalized care plans based on the most current discoveries in lung and other aerodigestive cancer treatment and research, such as genetic or molecular testing for specific gene mutations that can be targeted by new therapies.
By concentrating on a specific cancer type, our teams offer you the highest level of experience and expertise in lung and aerodigestive cancer care. Benefits of our multidisciplinary team approach include:
- Access to doctors who rank among the top lung cancer experts in the world.
- Access to the Lung Cancer Care Clinic at Winship.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Lung cancer treatment and research specifically for the elderly.
- Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
- Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new cutting-edge treatment options within our clinical trials program.
Other types of lung cancer are rare and account for only a small percentage of cases, such as lung carcinoid tumors and mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer most commonly linked with asbestos exposure.
At Winship, we use the very latest in precision medicine. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to test tumor tissues for a variety of gene mutations in patients with lung cancer, and use the results to select treatment options. By conducting thorough molecular testing of the tumor, we are able to match the treatments that are most likely to work for each patient.
There are many different tests and scans used to determine the presence, type and stage of lung cancer. Your doctor should determine which method or methods would be best for you.
Your treatment options may vary, but in most cases one or a combination of the following methods will be used:
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Physicians give these drugs based on the stage of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with radiation and surgery to treat lung cancer.
Radiation: Radiation is the use of high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. Physicians may use radiation by itself to treat lung cancer or to shrink tumors before surgery. Radiation therapy is given based on the stage of the tumor. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.
Surgery: Physicians may remove parts of the lung(s) and nearby affected tissues.
Targeted Therapy: For certain patients with lung cancer, we use targeted treatments that are highly specific to the patient’s cancer. The targeted treatments are often available in pill form, so patients can take them on their own at home.
In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.
We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Here is more information to help familiarize you with Winship and give you and idea of what to expect on your first visit.
Your Treatment Team
- Dr. Pakkala's clinical interest is primarily in thoracic malignancies, but she treats patients with a wide array of solid tumor type cancers including breast cancer.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
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- Nationally recognized for his research, Dr. Ramalingam has developed individualized therapies for patients with small cell and non-small cell lung cancer.
- Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
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- Located at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Dr. Sancheti specializes in thoracic oncology, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, esophageal surgery, and lung transplantation.
- Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
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- Dr. Thirunavu practices general medical oncology and specializes in the treatment of breast cancer at Emory Johns Creek Hospital; starting in June 2015.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
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- Dr. Vainshtein treats patients with head and neck cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, thoracic malignancies and sarcomas at both Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital.
- Instructor, Clinical Track, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
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- Dr. Williams is a board certified radiologist with a certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists who develop specialized treatment plans for each patient.
- Interim Director, Interventional Radiology and Image-Guided Medicine, Emory University Hospital Midtown
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