Patient-focused, comprehensive healthcare
Welcome to the home page of the Lung Cancer Program at the University of Florida Health Science Center, located in Gainesville, Florida. We are closely affiliated with Shands HealthCare, one of the Southeast’s premier health systems. We welcome you to peruse our site and direct any inquiries to the “Comments & Questions” link at the bottom of the page.”
The primary goal of the UF Lung Cancer Program is to provide excellent medical, surgical, and nursing care to patients diagnosed with lung cancers and other malignancies of the chest, including, but not limited to:
- Small cell lung cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Thymoma and Thymic carcinoma
- Carcinoid tumors
- Other cancers of the chest wall and mediastinum
The care we provide is comprehensive and individualized to meet each patient’s unique needs. Patients receive the full attention of our faculty and staff, from our Lung Cancer Coordinator to our physician specialists, nurses, social workers, and support services. These team members encourage open and honest communication, while treating patients with the respect and compassion they deserve.
Cuidado de salud comprensivo con enfoque al paciente.
Timely appointments and ease of access
Our Lung Cancer Coordinator provides a direct link between our patients and the multidisciplinary care team by acting as a patient advocate, communicating patient and family concerns, coordinating clinic visits, and setting up appointments within the UF and Shands system. With a phone call to our Lung Cancer Coordination Office, patients receive personal service and can rest assured that their concerns will be addressed in a timely manner. Appointments to visit our multidisciplinary clinic are scheduled within two weeks of a patient referral. In fact, patients often see us in one week or less.
Communication among team physicians
We know that cancer patients often need a combination of therapies to manage their disease. The University of Florida has teamed with Shands Hospital to create a highly-regarded network of leading-edge cancer treatment resources.
To ensure streamlined, individualized care that is focused on the patient’s needs, the UF Lung Cancer Program incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to cancer management. This means that specialists from pulmonary medicine, thoracic (chest) surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, and oncology nursing work as a team to care for each patient.
Patients meet with a number of practitioners at their first visit to our multidisciplinary clinic. Those practitioners then meet as a team to discuss and coordinate each patient’s treatment plan. We may also determine at this time if a patient is a suitable candidate for one of our clinical trials.
Communication with referring physicians
Many patients see a number of doctors for various health concerns. Patients may have difficulty keeping records of all of their visits and changes to their medications or treatments, so communication among these doctors is essential to patient welfare.
To guarantee the safety of our patients, we are dedicated to consistent communication of our findings and treatment recommendations back to the physician(s) who refer our patients.
Innovation for cancer diagnosis and treatment
Physicians at the University of Florida have access to novel technology and equipment, designed to provide the most comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic options available. UF Lung Cancer Program physicians are specially trained and skilled in the use of these innovations for cancer care:
- Navigation bronchoscopy for diagnosis of early stage lung cancers
- Endobronchial ultrasonography (EBUS) for lung cancer diagnosis and lymph node staging
- Laser/electrocautery endobronchial tumor resection
- Photodynamic therapy
- Endobronchial brachytherapy
- Tracheobronchial stent placement
- Sterotactic radiosurgery and body radiotherapy
- Thoracoscopy and pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusions
- In-dwelling pleural catheters for malignant pleural effusions
- Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
- Muscle-sparing surgery
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
This is but a small listing of the innovative therapies available to UF and Shands HealthCare patients. We encourage patients to ask us about any techniques or technologies not listed here that are of interest to them.
Working tirelessly toward a better tomorrow
While we have some of the best cancer treatment resources at our fingertips, lung cancer still remains a challenge to treat. For this reason, the University of Florida is actively involved in the study of lung cancer. Patients may be candidates for research and special treatments called clinical trials. Clinical trials may offer the best option for the management of some patients’ cancer.