Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. The good news? "With surgical advances, new technologies and biological therapies, we can offer patients a lot more hope and promise of living productive lives and even beating lung cancer," says Michael Liptay, MD, a thoracic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center. In the videos below, Liptay and other experts from Rush discuss these advances and explain how lung cancer is treated today. For even more answers to frequently asked questions about the condition, view additional videos on the Rush YouTube channel.
How is radiation therapy used in the treatment of lung cancer?
David Sher, MD, MPH, a radiation oncologist at Rush University Medical Center, explains how radiation therapy is used in the treatment of lung cancer.
What is the role of medical oncology and chemotherapy in the treatment of lung cancer?
Marta Batus, MD, a medical oncologist at Rush, explains the role of chemotherapy and the importance of clinical trials in the treatment of lung cancer.
What kind of lung cancer treatment should be used first?
Edward Hong, MD, a thoracic surgeon at Rush, explains how physicians decide which combination of treatments is the best option for each patient.
How treatable is lung cancer?
A surgeon's perspective
Michael Liptay, MD, a thoracic surgeon at Rush, discusses advances in surgery that have made lung cancer more treatable.
A medical oncologist's perspective
Philip Bonomi, MD, a medical oncologist at Rush, discusses advances that have led to earlier and more effective treatment of lung cancer.
What can patients expect at Rush's comprehensive lung cancer clinic?