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Thoracic and Lung Oncology Program

Loyola’s Thoracic (and Lung) Oncology Program at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center combines compassionate, multidisciplinary care with research to fight the number one cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States. The program takes a comprehensive and individualized approach to patient care and offers a wide variety of services ranging from cancer prevention and diagnosis to treatment, research and supportive care.

Treatment plans and options are formulated by the team and presented to the patient on the same day. Our team of specialists includes thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, pathologists and an American Cancer Society patient navigator who can provide consultation and evaluation for the following:

  • Cancers of the diaphragm
  • Chest wall cancers
  • Heart cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung or pleural masses
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pericardial cancers
  • Thymomas
  • Tracheal cancers
  • Unresolved infiltrates

The team’s efforts include the design of clinical trials that bring the most active new drug therapies to our patients, laboratory research on the biology of lung cancer and the exploration of new strategies to prevent, diagnose and cure lung cancer. Highly targeted drugs that act more selectively on cancer cells and have a less toxic effect on normal cells are available in our clinic. In addition, patients are offered minimally invasive thoracic surgery and radiation with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, including robotic surgery.

Patients also can benefit from the services offered at the Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center, located within the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. The center provides complementary and supportive care including art therapy, massage therapy, biofeedback, pain management, acupuncture, nutritional counseling and access to psychotherapists and pastoral care.