• Lung Cancer

  • Lung cancer is a type of cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than do colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined. The Thoracic Oncology program at Penrose Cancer Center integrates the most up-to-date technology with dedicated physician specialists and non-physician support in order to improve outcomes and minimize delays in evaluation and treatment of patients

    Learn more about lung and thoracic cancer.

    Treatment options include:Lung cancer treatment at Penrose Cancer Center in Colorado Springs

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy (including Cyberknife®)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • superDimension® navigational bronchoscope
    • Or a combination of treatments

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.

    Our thoracic nurse navigators: Patty O'Connell (719) 776-6997 and Pam Williams (719) 776-5273


    Our Team:
    The following physicians are part of the Penrose Cancer Center Physician Member program and practice in specialties involved with lung cancer. This also includes our expert team of radiologists and pathologists.

    • Thoracic Surgery
      • Theolyn Price, MD

    • Pulmonology
      • Alain Eid, MD
      • Russell Lee, MD
      • Yogesh Shrestha, MD
      • Lalith Uragoda, MD
      • Clyde Williams, MD

    • Medical Oncology
      • D. Scott Brantley, MD
      • Hyun Sue Kim, MD
      • Matthew Logsdon, MD
      • Maurice Markus, MD
      • Michaela Carmen Matei, MD
      • Timothy Murphy, MD
      • Robert Sayre, MD
      • Daniel Tell, DO
      • James Young, MD

    • Radiation Oncology
      • Alan Monroe, MD
      • Anuj Peddada, MD
      • Andrew Tanner, MD

    Did you know?

    • Penrose-St. Francis is the only institution in southern Colorado that offers a full-range of care for thoracic oncology patients. This experienced surgical team can care for patients with lung cancer, as well as complex problems of the trachea, esophagus and mediastinum.
    • On average, it takes 11 days for our recently-diagnosed lung cancer patients to begin treatment. The national average is between 45-90 days.
    • In our multi-specialty thoracic oncology clinic, a patient can interact with four physicians in a single visit.
  • Meet Our Thoracic Oncologists

  • Dr. PriceDr. Price is a board-certified, general thoracic surgeon.  Her practice includes the treatment of both benign and malignant disorders of the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, and chest wall, with a special focus on thoracic oncology and robotic procedures.  She works hand in hand with the Penrose Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary team individualizing each patient’s care, to best meet the needs of the patient and their family.  Dr. Price received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.  She completed her general surgery residency, general thoracic surgery fellowship, as well as a second residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She has received many honors and awards. She is part of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates.
    Dr. EidDr. Eid is a 1991 graduate from St. Joseph University Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. John Hospital, Detroit. He was Chief Resident from 1994-1995. He finished his fellowship in pulmonary medicine and Critical Care at the Oklahoma University Medical Center. He was appointed Associate Professor of Pulmonary Medicine from 1998-2004 at the Oklahoma University. He is board Certified in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine.

    Dr. Eid has a special interest and vast experience in lung cancer. He developed the Lung Nodule Clinic/Lung Cancer Center at the VA of Oklahoma City. Once in Colorado Springs, he championed the development of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Penrose Hospital.

    Dr. Eid also has vast experience in clinical research. He was principal investigator in many landmark trials in the areas of sepsis and ARDS. He is published in a wide array of leading medical journals (NEJM, Chest, JAMA).

    Dr. Eid left his academic position in 2004 and joined Penrose Hospital in 2007.