Lung Cancer Care

Roper St. Francis Cancer Care offers expertise and the highest quality of personalized care for patients diagnosed with lung cancer, esophageal cancer or other cancers in the chest. Our Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program (MTOP) offers advanced treatments, while emphasizing the compassionate care that is the Roper St. Francis hallmark.


Diagnosis & treatment

Diagnosing lung cancer

Lung cancer has traditionally had a high mortality rate; however, early detection improves outcome. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is at the forefront of improving screening options to detect lung cancer early, with our Low Dose CT Lung scan. At Roper St. Francis Healthcare, you will be evaluated by a team of experts with more than 400 combined years of experience in thoracic oncology. If lung cancer is suspected, your doctor may recommend several steps to determine the diagnosis, including: 

  • Referral to a lung diagnostic specialist 
  • Imaging tests (CT scan, PET scan, MRI)
  • Biopsy by electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy or percutaneous image guided technique
  • Staging procedures, including endobronchial ultrasonography and mediastinoscopy

Lung cancer treatment

Lung cancer and other thoracic tumors often require multiple treatment modalities. Each of our patients is evaluated by our cancer experts, both at our provider locations and within the weekly thoracic multidisciplinary cancer conference, to create a customized treatment plan. In addition, our patients have access to clinical trials not offered elsewhere in the region. Our five year survival rate surpasses both state and national levels. Roper St. Francis Healthcare lung cancer treatment options include:

  • Advanced surgical options including robotic and other minimally invasive approaches
  • Access to TrueBeam® and a highly experienced radiosurgical team using precise technologies for non-surgical treatment of tumors
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Access to national clinical trials
  • Integration of long term aftercare with your primary care physician

Multidisciplinary care plan

The treatment plan of most patients is discussed and agreed upon at a weekly case presentation conference attended by the experts in all facets of thoracic cancer care

Lung cancer support

We provide each of our patients with a dedicated patient navigator to offer support and guidance through every stage of treatment and recovery. Support services include nutritional counseling, integrative therapies such as pain management and palliative specialists, and mental health professionals. Learn more about Roper St. Francis Cancer Care support services


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