Experience World-Class Care Near Home
At Franciscan Cancer Center, we don’t just treat the disease, we take a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to caring for the whole person.
With cancer treatment centers throughout the Puget Sound area, you’ll have access to a nationally recognized and comprehensive lung cancer program that includes screening and prevention, and lung cancer experts who specialize in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
Lung cancer screening
We offer a low-dose CT screening for lung cancer for people at higher risk of lung cancer.
Lung nodule clinic
More people are being diagnosed with pulmonary (lung) nodules, which are round or oval growths in the lungs. Also known as spots or lesions, lung nodules may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
To ensure that those at risk for developing lung nodules receive early diagnosis and treatment, our team has developed an innovative approach: our Lung Nodule Clinics.
Latest treatment protocols for outstanding outcomes
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). As an accredited institution, we report on and compare ourselves to the national standards in order to continuously improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Our quality metrics for cancer of the lung exceed national benchmarks determined by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Quality Forum (NQF).
Lung Cancer – Site of Recurrence
|Following surgical removal of neuroendocrine tumor|
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We also play a role in helping to define what those standards should be. Based on the data on cancer recurrence we submitted as a part of a multi-institutional study, we are helping to define standards for follow-up after surgery, and the need for special attention to the liver.
Lung cancer treatment options
Thoracic Oncology surgeons at Harrison Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center are board certified and fellowship trained. St. Joseph is a designated Epicenter (teaching center) for Thoracic Surgery, and our surgeons are nationally recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgery as among the best in the nation for quality outcomes.
Our cancer surgeons work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of multiple specialists including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, navigators, and radiologists to design a personalized treatment plan specifically for your individual case, which may include one or more of the following:
- Medical Oncology, including Chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy
- Including Stereotactic body radiation Therapy or SBRT
- Surgery, including minimally invasive surgery such as robotic-assisted
- Targeted therapies, such as antibodies that target specific molecules within cancer cells
- Multidiciplinary team approach to care
Because we’re part of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest health care providers in the country, you’ll have access to the latest research and innovations through the CHI Institute for Research and Innovation as well as national clinical trials as part of our participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).
Ask your doctor about how to access clinical trials.
Thoracic oncology surgeons at St. Joseph Medical Center earned the elite three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for stage 1 lung cancer lobectomy. It is the society’s highest rating and only awarded to the top five percent of thoracic surgery programs in the US. Baiya Krishnadasan, MD performs a large volume of these operations using minimally invasive techniques. The three-star designation reflects results significantly better than the national average for 30-day mortality and length of hospital stay after lobectomy for lung cancer for the period January 2012 through December 2016.
Care without the commute
You can receive treatment for lung cancer at our premier treatment centers conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound area:
- Bremerton: CHI Franciscan Cancer Care at Harrison Medical Center
- Burien: Highline Cancer Center
- Federal Way: CHI Franciscan Cancer Care at St. Francis Hospital
- Tacoma: CHI Franciscan Cancer Care at St. Joseph Medical Center
Find a specialist
Your first visit is with a board-certified surgical oncologist or medical oncologist, who will discuss the next steps with you.
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