Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program at Swedish Medical Center, Denver, Colorado

The lung cancer program at Swedish stands out above other programs for the following reasons:

Multidisciplinary Medical Team of Lung Cancer Experts

Lung cancer is a complex disease that typically requires many different kinds of treatment from a variety of doctors. At Swedish, we make it easy for patients to access the full range of resources they need by bringing together a multidisciplinary, team of experts who work together to deliver a full continuum of care. This group includes radiation and medical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and oncology nurses. Meet our Lung Cancer Care Team>>

Regular Team Meetings for Better Patient Care

Once a week, these professionals meet to review individual patient cases in order to further their goal of expediting treatments and advancing patient care. Oncology rounds are also conducted on a weekly basis throughout Swedish's inpatient oncology hospital unit to incorporate the knowledge and recommendations of additional specialists, including representatives from case management, nursing services, nutrition services, pastoral care and social work.

Detailed Lung Cancer Patient Coordination

Very unique to our program are our Oncology Nurse Navigators, who help patients and their families prepare and plan for treatment by coordinating services, managing physician appointments and referrals, providing education and resources, helping patients find the support they need, and designing a personal plan that may include a variety of therapies.

Lung Cancer Consultation, Second Opinion & Diagnosis

Early detection of lung cancer is critical to achieving the best possible outcome for every patient. Following an initial exam and pretreatment consultation, our lung cancer team may recommend a number of different tests to accurately determine the type and stage (progression) of a patient's cancer. We utilize the most advanced technology, tools and procedures to ensure the most accurate diagnosis, including:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Co-Registered Imaging Combining Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) Technologies (PET/CT)
  • Dedicated Thoracic Imaging Specialist
  • EBUS (Endobronchial Ultrasound)
  • Genetic and Biochemical Specimen Analysis
  • Image-Guided Needle Biopsy and Needle Aspiration
  • Mediastinoscopy/Mediastinotomy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracotomy (surgery)

Comprehensive Treatment Plans

Based on the current health of a patient and the specific type and stage of lung cancer, our cancer specialists will work together to determine the most effective course of treatment. Surgical and non-surgical techniques such as radiation and chemotherapy may be recommended and utilized as part of a specific treatment plan. When appropriate, minimally invasive techniques will be used to help reduce pain and recovery time.

Cancer Research and Opportunities

When appropriate, patients may choose to participate in research or clinical studies through the Colorado Cancer Research Program, a nonprofit community-based cancer program established to provide community hospitals and physicians access to a wide range of cancer research trials.