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Lung Cancer Treatment

Image of Ziv Gamliel, MD, and Francois Gregoire, MD, members of the lung cancer team.

Ziv Gamliel, MD, and Francois Gregoire, MD, members of the lung cancer team. 

Once you are diagnosed with lung cancer, a team of oncology doctors, surgeons, and nurses will meet to review your case and design a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.

Your treatment will vary based on:

  • How far cancer has spread
  • Your general health
  • Your personal preferences

We offer the most advanced treatment options that use minimally invasive technology to minimize pain and speed up your recovery time. You may even be eligible for a groundbreaking clinical trial that offers a safe and effective treatment not yet available to others.

Your treatment may include a combination of the following:

Learn more below.

Patient Story

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Chemotherapy Treatment

What it is: Chemotherapy is an effective way to destroy cancer cells that break off from the main tumor. During chemotherapy, your oncology specialists use special medicines to shrink and kill cancer cells in the lungs and other affected organs. It may be given through a pill, injected by a needle into a vein or muscle, or a combination of both.

How it works: During chemotherapy, a drug enters your bloodstream and circulates the body to destroy cancer cells. There are different kinds of chemotherapy options for lung cancer, including targeted therapy and immunotherapy that more precisely kill cancerous cells in the lungs while minimizing damage to healthy cells.

Learn more about chemotherapy.


What it is: Immunotherapy is a targeted type of chemotherapy that uses your immune system to aggressively fight back against lung cancer cells

How it works: Your immune system is naturally equipped to protect you from disease. Today, there are new immunotherapy drugs that help your immune system attack cancer cells with more strength than before.

Learn more about immunotherapy.


Radiation Treatment

What it is: Radiation uses high-energy rays, similar to x-rays, to kill cancerous cells in the lungs. Different kinds of radiation therapy offer benefits for lung cancer tumors, including the minimally-invasive CyberknifeⓇ treatment for tumors that are difficult or impossible to operate on.

How it works: During radiation therapy, a radiation oncologist uses the latest technology to deliver doses of radiation at various sizes, shapes, and locations, depending on your tumor. This allows them to destroy cancerous cells, prevent growth, and protect healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation exposure.

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CyberKnife® Radiation

What it is: CyberKnife® is one of the most advanced forms of radiation therapy which uses multiple x-ray cameras and technology to ensure extreme precision. As a result, CyberKnife® is extremely effective in killing cancerous cells in the lung while leaving surrounding healthy tissue untouched.

How it works: Lung cancer can be challenging to treat with traditional radiation because your lungs naturally move as you breathe, making it difficult to focus radiation on the tumor. CyberKnife® uses state-of-the-art computer and imaging technology to follow the tumor’s movements—even as you breathe, making it one of the most effective treatments for lung cancer.

Learn more about CyberKnife® radiation.


Lung Cancer Surgery

What it is: When lung cancer is advanced, your best treatment option may be for a surgeon to remove cancerous tissue from your lungs.

How it works: There are four major types of surgeries used to treat lung cancer, depending on how large the cancerous tumor is in your lung. They range from the removal of a small tumor in the lung to the removal of an entire lung. Some patients may be candidates for a minimally invasive procedure called video-assisted thoracic surgery.

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

What it is: Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgery that can be used to collect a biopsy, perform surgery, or remove excess fluid and air from around the lungs.

How it works: VATS can be used in a variety of surgical procedures to treat lung cancer tumors and symptoms. Because it only requires one or two small incisions, you can expect a faster recovery with less pain than traditional surgery.

Learn more about lung cancer surgery.

The Lung Nodule Clinic at MedStar Health Cancer Network in Baltimore

When a computed tomography (CT) scan or X-ray reveals a lung nodule or “spot” on your lungs, it’s important to seek further evaluation to rule out lung cancer—or detect it early when treatment is most effective.

At MedStar Health Cancer Network, our lung experts work quickly to evaluate your lung nodules and develop a plan for your lung health. Through our dedicated Lung Nodule Clinic, you’ll receive the most comprehensive and personalized care from the moment an imaging test reveals something abnormal in your lungs.

To schedule an appointment, call 443-777-1133.

Learn more about the Lung Nodule Clinic.

Our Locations

MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225