Exceptional Lung Cancer Care at Tampa General Hospital
Lung cancer is the growth of irregular cells that occur within the cone-shaped, spongy tissue of the lungs. Though this type of cancer can occur anywhere in the lungs, it most commonly begins on the outside of the organ or in the lining of the air passageways.
Because lung cancer can occur in a large area and many early-stage lung cancers present with ambiguous symptoms, such as coughing, it is rare for lung cancer to be diagnosed in its early stages (stages I and II). Instead, it is usually detected at stage III or IV, when the likelihood of a positive treatment outcome is significantly decreased.
But this is not a deterrent for our experts. The pulmonary and lung oncology program at Tampa General Hospital’s Cancer Institute is a nationally recognized program, specializing in the surgical treatment of pulmonary and lung diseases. We frequently diagnose and treat high volumes of the most complex and advanced cases of lung cancer, providing optimal results for our patients in the direst of circumstances.
This is just one reason why TGH has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital in Pulmonology & Lung Surgery for 2020-21—meaning we are among the top 10% of programs in the country—and as one of the Top 10 programs in Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Types of Lung Cancer We Treat
The lung cancer specialists at TGH treat all types of lung cancer, including:
- Non-small cell cancer
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Large cell carcinoma
- Small-cell carcinoma
- Pancoast tumors
The ability to surgically treat complex lung cancer cases is why patients and referring physicians often turn to TGH. Other factors include:
Our Multidisciplinary, Collaborative Team
It’s rare for a cancer treatment team to be as highly integrated as ours is. The team, which includes pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists, takes a collaborative approach to treatment. We are fully invested in advocating for our patients and our range of expertise allows us to quickly identify problems and solve them instantaneously, from pre-op to post-op. Our focus is on creating individualized treatment plans that help lung cancer patients maintain their quality of life and provide the highest likelihood for a positive outcome.
Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Surgeries
At TGH, we promote the use of technologically advanced minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Our team is highly experienced with robotic procedures, which speed up hospital stays and improve outcomes. Some of the robotic procedures we perform include:
We maintain relationships with hundreds of physicians across Tampa Bay and the state, helping to foster continuity of care and the best overall treatment for our lung cancer patients.
To learn more about why Tampa General Hospital is a leading destination for patients who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, call 813-844-7585 or contact TGH.