Lung cancer treatment options continue to grow as research and clinical trials expand our understanding of this disease and how to treat it.
As an academic medical center, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are at the forefront of this knowledge, leading, participating in and learning from all types of lung cancer research. The highly skilled and experienced thoracic cancer team uses the most advanced treatments available, all proven effective in research conducted throughout the country.
Basic treatment modalities—surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology and interventional radiology—are used alone or in a variety of combinations depending on each patient’s diagnosis, condition and personal preference.
Each patient’s treatment plan is based on achieving the most benefit with the least risk. A treatment plan is developed with input from all of our thoracic cancer specialists through our tumor board discussions. We also review each option with our patients so they can understand the pros and cons of each approach and make the best decision. Below are highlights of each treatment modality:
- Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy)
- Radiation Oncology
- Interventional Radiology
- Palliative Options
Role of Combination Therapies
One of the strengths of our Thoracic Cancer Program is the coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to care. This means that all of our experts work together to develop and administer the best treatment plan for each patient. Lung cancer patients often undergo combination therapies, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or interventional radiology procedures.
The goal of treatment is to deliver the best possible treatment with the least possible risk. We also want our patients to be well informed about all of their options, so they can participate in their treatment decisions and make the best choices for themselves.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.