Lung Cancer Program at Western Connecticut Health Network
At the Western Connecticut Health Network, we understand how overwhelming it feels to face a diagnosis of lung cancer. Our dedicated cancer specialists provide the expertise, guidance and personalized support you need. With our multidisciplinary case conferences, every patient benefits from the input of many experts in designing a cancer treatment plan to bring you evidence-based treatments for the best possible outcome.
The decision of where to be treated for cancer is an important one, for you and your family. Our dedicated cancer specialists provide the expertise, guidance and personalized support you need. We treat all stage and types of lung cancer including:
- NSCLC: Non-small cell lung cancer including Adenocarcinoma and Squamous cell, large cell and mixed type
- SCLC: Small cell lung cancer
- Carcinoid/neuroendocrine tumors
The key to fighting lung cancer is early detection. A screening examination helps detect a disease before signs or symptoms. Recent research results suggest that a screening chest CT may enhance the early detection of lung cancer and improve survival. This screening can help and is offered free of charge, but you must have a referral from your primary care physician or pulmonologist to have this study.
For information call:
Danbury and New Milford Hospitals: 203-739-6906
Norwalk Hospital: 203-838-4886
Our lung cancer specialists have expertise in the use of advanced diagnostic techniques. Your doctor may suggest one or a combination of these:
- CT scan
- PET scan
- Biopsy procedure to obtain tissue for diagnosis
Each patient diagnosed with lung cancer benefits from a review at our multidisciplinary (full team) case conferences (lung tumor board) to arrive at a personalized treatment plan. Factors evaluated include:
- Stage of your cancer (local vs. advanced)
- Pathological and molecular profiling
- Patient general health and treatment goals
This plan is then discussed with you. Together, you and your doctor will arrive at a treatment decision that is right for you. It may include one or a combination of several of the following types of treatment:
- Systemic therapy (chemotherapy, including targeted therapy, and immunotherapy)
- Radiation therapy
- Palliative care
- Clinical trials
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Our support staff includes oncology trained social workers and therapists, nurse navigators, financial navigators, oncology nurses, oncology dietitians, radiation therapists and others. We offer many supportive services to help with the questions and concerns that may arise during treatment, and beyond, in your life as a survivor of cancer.