Lung cancer is the third most common cancer, but the number one cause of cancer death in the United States. Unfortunately, Louisiana ranks near the top in terms of lung cancer deaths per state. Our department sees approximately 350 cases of lung cancer annually.
Patients with primary lung cancer, lung metastases, or other thoracic malignancies are generally evaluated in conjunction with a surgeon, pulmonologist, and medical oncologist in order to choose the most appropriate treatment plan.
We incorporate a host of the latest technologies into the planning and delivery of state-of-the-art radiation therapy. A CT simulator and PET-CT scanner in the department are routinely used for planning, allowing the accurate detection and delineation of the tumor.
We perform several quality control and safety checks on each of our patients before our physicians approve any definitive lung plan for treatment. Our technologies allow us to account for respiratory motion, adding a higher degree to targeting certainty. The onboard conebeam CT on the Trilogy and the real-time imaging incorporated into the Novalis Tx allow the accuracy and precision needed for lung radiosurgery. Certain Lung Cancers - particularly small tumors - can be treated with Lung Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Collectively, the expertise and latest technology available in our department allows our patients to receive the most advanced radiation treatment, close to home