Cancer is a disease in which a cell becomes abnormal and begins to duplicate uncontrollably. These abnormal cells eventually form a mass (also called, a tumor), and can spread to other parts of the body if not treated. This spreading of cancer cells is called metastasis. If uncontrolled, cancerous tumors can take over vital organs in the body, preventing them from functioning properly or at all.Our approach
Depending upon the type and stage of cancer, our experts treat patients with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or combinations of the three. Specialists in thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, and medical and radiation oncology work together to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Surgical techniques can include such advanced approaches as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robotic assisted surgery, and minimally invasive brachytherapy (radiation seed implants). The full range of supportive services available are pain management, integrative medicine, reiki, yoga, acupuncture, social work, nutrition, and psychological support. Patients diagnosed with cancer will work with a team of experts from Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program at the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York as well as our surgeons to determine the best course of treatment. While minimally invasive techniques are preferred, some patients may require open surgery. Each case is unique and many factors may influence the course of treatment.