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Lung and Thoracic Cancers

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women, but it is the number one cause of death from cancer each year in both men and women. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Exposure to asbestos, radon, environmental factors and secondhand smoke can also cause lung cancer.

Because surgery and radiation can both be equally effective curative treatments for lung cancer, it is important to review all of your treatment options. Learn about the risks and benefits of both to see what best meets your goals balancing cure and quality of life.

The esophagus is part of the digestive system which breaks down food for the body to use.  It is a tube-shaped organ, almost 10 inches long, located toward the back of your chest just in front of your spine.  The wall of the esophagus has four main layers: mucosa, esophageal wall (submucosa), muscular is propria, and the adventitia.  Esophageal cancer often starts in cells that line the inside wall or starts in cells that make mucus.

Types of Lung and Thoracic Cancers We Treat

  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Thymoma Carcinoma
  • Thymic Carcinoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Cancer Metastatic to the Lung
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Trachea
  • Tracheal Tumors

Our Approach

Depending on your diagnosis, stage and particular situation, lung and thoracic cancers can be treated with radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy, either alone or in combination with each other.

The physicians at the University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology work very closely with your surgeon and medical oncologist to determine which combination of treatment is best for you. Because of our team’s deep collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, you can be assured that your treatment plan will be highly individualized and based on latest the advances in cancer research.

Please contact us if you are interested in a consultation to discuss the options that best fit you.

Cancer affects not only the individual but also their family. It is important to care for both the patient and the family.

- Shilpen Patel, MD

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Treatment Facilities

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) – South Lake Union

1354 Aloha Street
Seattle, WA 98109

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University of Washington Medical Center Montlake – Radiation Oncology Center

1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

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UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center — SCCA Radiation Oncology Services

1570 N 115th Street
Seattle, WA 98133

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VA of Puget Sound Health Care System (Veteran’s Administration)

1660 S Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

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SCCA Proton Therapy Center

1570 N 115th Street
Seattle, WA 98133

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