Led by Sidharta P. Gangadharan, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, with medical and radiation oncologists, Mark Huberman, MD, and Stuart M. Berman, MD, respectively, we diagnose and treat:
We also treat or diagnose cancer that has metastasized to the lung or chest cavity. Metastases are cancer cells that have spread from an original or primary site to one or more locations or organs elsewhere in the body. For instance, cancer that begins in the colon (primary colon cancer) can metastasize to the lung.
BID Needham offers a new lung cancer-screening program for people who are, or were, heavy smokers. The program offers low-dose CT scans to find cancer early, even before people have symptoms. Screening CT scans have been shown to definitively reduce the risk of lung cancer mortality, and the disease is easiest to treat if physicians can find lung tumors in their earliest stages.
The American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and the US Preventive Services Task Force support annual screenings for people at high risk for lung cancer. BID Needham offers best practices for CT scanning; that is, a low-dose scan to minimize the amount of radiation exposure.
Consider testing if you:
Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurers do not yet cover the cost of this exam. This policy may change as the value of screenings impact the success of treatment. For now, patients at BID Needham pay $285 out-of-pocket for the screen, test results and follow-up consultation with a member of our thoracic team. To make an appointment, please call 617-632-8062.
Treatment for lung and thoracic cancers depends on a host of factors:
We offer multidisciplinary therapy for the management of thoracic and lung cancers. This may involve a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. Depending on the surgery, we will coordinate care with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where we offer:
We also offer chemotherapy and advanced intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to treat lung cancer. IMRT employs small radiation beams of varying intensity that conform to tumor size, shape and location to kill cancer cells, while sparing nearby healthy tissue.
Our team is among the most experienced in Massachusetts in using the CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery system to treat cancers in the chest. This option is available at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. CyberKnife provides very focused, high-intensity radiation, which can treat very small or hard-to-reach lesions.