The surgeons on the lung team at Roswell Park are highly specialized thoracic surgeons who focus on the complex surgical procedures required for treatment of lung, mesothelioma, esophageal, tracheal, mediastinal, thymus and other cancers of the chest. These surgeons work closely with the medical and radiation oncologists and other team members to coordinate and optimize your treatment.
Your medical oncologist is the physician who specializes in medical treatment approaches, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy, for cancers of the lung or chest. This physician evaluates which drugs or combination of drugs are best for you, determines how to deliver them safely and manages any side effects.
A radiation oncologist is a physician who specializes in radiotherapy approaches to fight cancer. For thoracic cancers, radiation therapy may be used before or after surgery and as a palliative treatment to relieve pain.
These physicians analyze the tissue samples from tumors, lymph nodes and other areas and perform laboratory tests to detect the presence of cancer cells and determine their type, grade and more. The pathologist provides vital information your care team needs to determine the very best treatment options for you. At Roswell Park, your samples are analyzed by pathologists who focus specifically on the diagnosis of thoracic cancers.
These physicians specialize in imaging procedures —X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and nuclear medicine — to see inside the body and interpret the images to diagnose disease.
An interventional pulmonologist is a specialist who uses minimally invasive approaches, such as endoscopy, bronchoscopy and robotic navigational bronchoscopy, to diagnose and treat diseases of the lung and chest.
Advanced Practice Providers
These medical professionals, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners work in all areas of the hospital and play important roles in the development and implementation of your treatment plan. They perform examinations, order tests, interpret data and prescribe medication.