Leading Treatment for Lung Cancer Patients

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. Lung cancer is a diagnosis no one wants to hear, but Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates (CSA) will work with you and your family to make the process as smooth as possible as we guide you through the diagnosis, staging and treatment of your lung cancer.

At CSA, our expertly-trained physicians, state-of-the-art facilities, lung nurse navigators, caring nurses and support staff are available for you to help ensure that you understand your diagnosis and the procedures or treatments that may be recommended, including the workup and treatment of a lung nodule or presumed cancer.

Our highly knowledgeable lung team will appropriately stage your cancer and formulate a treatment plan best suited to you. You will get the individualized care that gives you the best chance at beating your lung cancer.

To further ensure personal care targeted to your specific cancer, we have partnered with Sarah Cannon Research Institute and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers to offer an expansive network of clinical trials for certain candidates. If you would like to learn if you are a candidate, please ask us during your visit.

Meet our Lung Cancer Care Team

Dr. Jenifer Marks leads the CSA lung cancer care team, one of the leading treatment teams in the Rocky Mountain region. Dr. Marks is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who was fellowship-trained at one of the top cancer centers in the country, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her practice is largely focused on the treatment of lung and esophageal cancer and other less common thoracic malignancies.

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Although smoking is the leading cause of most lung cancer in adults, non-smokers can also be diagnosed with lung cancer. People with a previous history of pulmonary diseases related to smoking are also at risk for lung cancer. Common symptoms include:

  • Change in a chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • New cough that won't go away
  • Pain in your ribs or chest
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, has a history of smoking or is concerned about the risk of lung cancer, contact CSA today at (303) 226-4650.

Diagnosing and Treating Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is most commonly found on some type of an imaging study, usually a chest x-ray or CT scan done for another reason. Additional scans such as a PET scan may then be done to better evaluate any lesions that may be seen and try and determine if the cancer has spread outside of the chest. These imaging studies are used to determine the stage of your lung cancer and provide our experienced team with the information needed to create the most effective treatment plan. Occasionally, invasive procedures may be necessary to determine your stage, such as a biopsy or a bronchoscopy.

The surgeons and staff at CSA are some of the best in the region at treating the two main types of lung cancer:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) includes adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and carcinoid tumors, which are often treated with surgery alone if diagnosed at an early stage. If the cancer is diagnosed at Stage III, then a combination of treatments may be offered such as chemotherapy followed by surgery or chemotherapy and radiation alone. Stage IV lung cancer is often treated with chemotherapy alone, but sometimes radiation is needed depending on the extent of disease and the symptoms.
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) either limited or extensive stage, is most often treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery does not play a role in most patients that are diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.

On the Road to Recovery

CSA’s highest priority is to help each patient return to the best possible health after a lung cancer diagnosis. Each patient is different, reacts differently to treatment and takes a different recovery path. When you entrust us with your lung cancer care, we make sure you have every form of support you need during your treatment and recovery.

For more information about lung cancer treatment at CSA, our surgical team or our facilities, contact us today at (303) 226-4650.