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Lung and Thoracic Cancer

Cancers of the lung and thoracic (chest) cavity involve many different organs and tissues beyond the lung. These cancers affect the esophagus, chest wall, and other glands and structures in the chest cavity between the lungs, except the heart.

At University of Colorado Health locations in metro Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, you’ll find a multidisciplinary team of world-renowned experts who treat the two main types of lung cancer:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma, large cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma
  • Small cell lung cancer
    • We also treat cancers of the respiratory system and organs in the thoracic cavity, including:

      • Malignant mesothelioma
      • Thymoma and thymic carcinoma
      • Small cell cancer in other body sites
      • Chest sarcomas
      • Pulmonary carcinoid tumors
      • Other rare thoracic cancers
      • Metastatic cancers that begin in other organs and spread to the lungs

      Team-based treatment at UCHealth

      At University of Colorado Health, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals from many fields work together to develop the best plan of care for you, and they stay with you from your initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.

      You receive doctor-managed care that emphasizes wellness and healing for you as a whole person—our complementary and integrative medicine specialists incorporate options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise consultation into your treatment. Your expert medical team members may include:

      • Medical oncologists
      • Radiation oncologists
      • Thoracic surgeons
      • Interventional pulmonologists
      • Pathologists
      • Radiologists
      • Geneticists
      • Nurses or Registered Nurses (RNs)
      • Nutritionists
      • Oncology social workers
      • Counselors
      • Integrative medicine and complementary care therapists

      Advanced research and treatment

      Significant breakthroughs in treating advanced lung cancer have resulted from creating a molecular profile of an individual’s cancer. With the profile, the most promising treatments—often within clinical trials—can be started as soon as possible. Our UCHealth lung cancer team creates a molecular profile of every person’s lung cancer, which means your treatment plan is tailored to meet your specific needs.

      Get lung tumor testing at UCHealth with or without cancer consultation and learn more about genetic issues and clinical trials for the latest lung cancer treatments.

      Expert second opinions

      Rely on the nationally recognized lung cancer program at UCHealth for expert second opinions on all aspects of lung cancer and thoracic cancer care.

      Our Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus—one of only 41 elite cancer centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute—is known worldwide for developing and setting new standards in the treatment of lung and related cancers.

      If traveling to Denver to see us is impractical, use our program offering Remote Second Opinions for Thoracic Oncology.

      Learn more about lung cancer in our online health library.

      Clinical trials

      Your medical team may also recommend participation in a clinical trial. University of Colorado Health conducts hundreds of these “trials” of new treatments or drugs. Participation in a clinical trial may provide those who qualify with access to drugs and vaccines years before they are widely available.

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