Lung Cancer Team

Lung cancer can be fast-growing and fast-spreading, which is why the order of your care matters. New immune therapies and new surgical methods may offer you better results. To give you the best chance for the highest quality of life, our team considers the most advanced drugs, surgeries and radiation treatments available and creates a plan that would work best for you.

new cases of lung cancers estimated for New Mexico in 2023
Source: American Cancer Society

What Each Team Member Offers

Medical oncologists work with the entire team to manage clinical trials. They use chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy to treat lung cancer.

Interventional pulmonologists diagnose, treat and manage lung cancer and its associated symptoms. They closely work with the thoracic oncology team to coordinate care. They may also help manage clinical trials.

Thoracic surgical oncologists are specially trained to remove cancer tumors from the delicate tissues of the lungs. Our surgical team can perform minimally invasive surgeries and complex surgeries that include removing tumors from the chest wall and reconstructing airways.

Radiation oncologists use targeted radiation to kill cancer cells. They use many different methods to get radiation to cancer cells while reducing radiation to normal cells. These methods include stereotactic body radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

Nurse navigators guide you in your treatment and serve as your regular point of contact.

Advanced practice providers may give medications or injections, take medical histories, perform medical exams or perform certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician.

Advanced practice providers include physician assistants and nurse practitioners.