Lung Cancer Treatment at The Medical Center of Aurora
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer found in both men and women, and the leading cause of cancer death for both. Lung cancer is often asymptomatic or picked up incidentally and is a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. With that in mind, we will work with you and your family to make the process as smooth as possible as we guide you through the diagnosis, staging and treatment of your cancer.
Expertly-trained physicians, state of the art facilities, lung nurse navigators and our compassionate and caring nurses and support staff at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) are available for you to help ensure that you understand your diagnosis and the procedures or treatments that may be recommended.
At TMCA, we can help with the workup and diagnosis of a lung nodule or presumed cancer, make sure that your cancer has been staged appropriately, and in coordination with our multidisciplinary lung team, formulate a treatment plan that is best suited to you. Each patient that we take care of at TMCA is unique and their cancer is also, you will get the individualized care that gives you the best chance at beating your cancer.
We’ve also partnered with Sarah Cannon Research Institute and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers to offer our patients access to an expansive network of clinical trials, many of which are directed specifically at individual genetic markers within your tumor. Be sure to inquire if you might be a candidate for any of these trials during your visit with us.
Our Lung Cancer Team
TMCA has assembled one of the best lung cancer care teams in the Rocky Mountain region, led by Dr. Jenifer Marks. Dr. Marks did her fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the top cancer centers in the country, and she brings that expertise with her to the Denver area. Her practice is centered on the care of patients with lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies.
In addition to Dr. Marks, TMCA is also home to a multidisciplinary lung team that reviews lung cancer cases on a weekly basis. The team is comprised of pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists all with a special interest in treating patients with lung cancer. Our specialists review every patient’s specific case as a team and draw from their own expertise to craft the best, most effective treatment plans for patients.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
A large majority of lung cancers in adults are caused by smoking, however, non-smokers can also be diagnosed with lung cancer. Common symptoms of lung cancer include:
- Coughing up blood
- Unexplained weight loss
- Change in a chronic cough
- New cough that won’t go away
- Pain in your ribs or chest
People with a previous history of pulmonary diseases related to smoking are also at risk for lung cancer.