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Lung Program

  • Your care team

    Our team of experienced health care professionals works together to ensure the best care possible for lung cancer patients.

    They participate in monthly treatment planning conferences to review recent cases. This helps improve the consistency and quality of care.

    Cancer care coordinator

    Physician assistant

    Nurse practitioner


    Thoracic surgeons

    Medical oncologists


    Radiation oncologists

    Palliative care


  • Members of your care team also include a clinical research nurse; clinical social worker; physical and occupational therapist; and respiratory therapist.

    Lung Nodule Clinic

    The experts at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute's Lung Program help address the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of those with lung cancer and their families.

    Advanced technology

    The most current diagnostic and treatment equipment and procedures are available to the Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

    These include:

    • spiral CT scans
    • intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
    • endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
    • electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) allows doctors to see and diagnose lesions deep in the lungs to help make treatment decisions
    • video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS) - allows for a less invasive procedure than traditional thoracotomy, leading to a faster recovery and the ability to begin other treatments sooner
    • SABR - stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for lung cancer (high dose/short course)
    • Rapid Arc (VMAT) treatment that provides IMRT in single or multiple arc therapy, reducing treatment daily session time by over half.
  • Source: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®; Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th edition
    Reviewed by: Michael Bowen, MD, medical director, Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
    First published: 02/08/2010
    Last reviewed: 03/05/2014

  • Make an appointment

    Call 612-863-7583

    Lung Program


    Abbott Northwestern Hospital is designated by the American College of Radiology as a Lung Cancer Screening Center. We meet the highest standards for low-dose CT screening.

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