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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.

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.

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