Lung Cancer

Treating the individual

Our multidisciplinary approach means each treatment is tailored to the individual. We can quickly address specific needs to streamline the process and impact long-term survival. We also tackle the difficult problem of tobacco addiction, a key step in ensuring success. Additionally, the hospital’s well-established pulmonary rehab program helps with postoperative respiratory issues.

Our Team Approach

Our team features a multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians with unique expertise in treating both the most common and the most complex lung problems. Patients with a suspicious lung nodule or mass are seen rapidly and evaluated by multiple specialties - all on the same day. We can then schedule and perform the optimal treatment here at Liberty Hospital. That means no more driving around from one office to another and no more hassle of scheduling numerous appointments across many days or weeks.

"In many surgical fields, the surgeon only intervenes after the diagnosis has already been made and treatment options have been discussed. However, oncology is one of those fields of surgery where the surgeon is an integral part of the patient’s team. Even more so, in lung cancer the surgeon can be involved in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment as well as the follow-up and prevention. To me this was what it means to be a doctor." - Michael Gibson, M.D., FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgeon


Lung cancer causes almost 25 percent of all deaths from cancer, and the overall survival for lung cancer is less than 15 percent at the time of diagnosis. Because of this, identifying tumors as early as possible is paramount. Our specialists quickly can evaluate suspicious areas on an X-ray and provide the appropriate treatment.

Surgical Treatment

Liberty Hospital offers a trained surgical team for robotic lung surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. Benefits of this minimally invasive surgery include reduced chest tube duration, lower risk of complications and wound infections, less blood loss, less pain and shorter hospital stay.

Robotic patients leave the hospital sooner with less pain and return to work or chemotherapy sessions sooner as compared to open-surgery patients. The outcomes are better than standard open procedures, and there is much less trauma to the body. Robotic surgery is associated with a 70-percent lower risk of overall post-op complications.

Non-surgical Treatment

Radiofrequency Ablation – RFA is the use of highfrequency electrical current to heat certain tissue to temperatures high enough to destroy malignant cells. These treatments can be pinpointed to a precise area while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.

Chemotherapy – The Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute at Liberty Hospital features individual cubicles for chemotherapy treatments, including a recliner and personal television with available DVD players. Plus, the area also features a nourishment center stocked with light snacks and drinks for patients experiencing a lengthy treatment.

Radiation oncology – We offer the full spectrum of services, including stereotactic radiation therapy; image-guided treatment delivery; 4D CT image simulation; and 3D conformal and intensity modulate radiation therapy.

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