Lung Cancer Care

Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lung. They can invade nearby tissues and form tumors. Lung cancer can start anywhere in the lungs and affect any part of the respiratory system. The cancer cells can spread, or metastasize, to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

Learn more about lung cancer.

Before treatment begins, doctors must determine what type of lung cancer you have. Your treatment plan may include surgery, anti-cancer medications (chemotherapy), radiation or a combination of these.

Among the tools Sacred Heart’s cancer team uses to treat lung cancer are:

  • Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB). ENB uses 3D mapping technology to allow doctors to diagnose, stage and prepare to treat lung lesions in one procedure.
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery. This type of surgery allows doctors to look inside the chest cavity after making only very small incisions. They are then able to remove tissue and test it for cancer. With tiny incisions, patients heal faster with less discomfort.
  • Endobronchial ultrasound. EBUS uses ultrasound to guide a fine-needle biopsy of parts of the lung. This new technique is less invasive than traditional methods.
  • Smart Operating Rooms. Smart ORs are surgical suites equipped with advanced technology that helps surgeons do their best work, including minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Smart ORs.
  • Body radiosurgery. This technique uses highly focused beams of radiation to remove tumors that might otherwise be inoperable.
  • “Fusion” imaging software. Radiologists at Oregon Imaging Centers combine 3-D images from CT scans with the metabolic cellular activity captured by PET scans to help physicians track the effect of chemotherapy and radiation on lung tumors.
  • The latest chemotherapy medications.
  • Breakthrough treatments available only through clinical trials.

Treatment Locations

Most or all of the care you will need to diagnose and treat lung cancer is available on the RiverBend medical campus from Sacred Heart and its partners in cancer care.

  • Surgery and certain inpatient and outpatient treatments are provided at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are provided to outpatients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, which has offices at RiverBend and on Country Club Road in Eugene. Chemotherapy is also available in the Regional Infusion Center at Sacred Heart, University District.
  • Imaging (radiology) is provided to outpatients at Oregon Imaging Centers, which has offices on the RiverBend campus and throughout Eugene and Springfield.