Experienced, Comprehensive Lung Care
Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women, and the most prevalent cause of cancer death in the United States. Mount Sinai’s Lung Center has been recognized as a center of excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance and offers patients a comprehensive array of diagnoses and treatment options, including minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery and access to clinical trials not available at other local institutions.
Robot-Assisted Lung Care
Mount Sinai’s thoracic surgical team has performed more than 570 robotic-assisted lung cancer surgeries since 2009, qualifying them among the most experienced surgeons performing robotic-assisted lung procedures in the nation.
Robotic surgery enables doctors to perform complex lung operations through relatively small incisions. Mount Sinai was among the first hospitals in South Florida to offer robotic-assisted lung surgery, which is associated with fewer complications and shorter recovery times.
In addition to treating cancerous lung tumors, Mount Sinai’s thoracic surgeons also treat conditions such as esophageal cancer and hernias of the diaphragm. Since minimally invasive surgery offers reduced physical stress and pain, older patients who are not candidates for traditional open lung surgery may qualify for robotic-assisted procedures.
Mount Sinai is at the forefront of lung cancer screening, utilizing imaging technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques to detect the disease in its earliest stages. For example, our surgeons use low-dose computed tomography scans to seek nodules in the lungs of patients with long-term histories of smoking. These nodules are subsequently stained, removed and biopsied to determine whether they are cancerous.
Our thoracic oncology specialists also are among the most experienced physicians in South Florida in employing endobronchial ultrasound to diagnose cancer, infections and other respiratory disorders. This relatively non-invasive imaging tool allows doctors to see beyond the bronchial wall and detect diseased tissue outside the bronchial airways.
Lung cancer treatment is a highly complex field that requires the expertise of various specialized physicians. Mount Sinai’s thoracic oncology team meets regularly to apply its collective knowledge and extensive experience to meet each patient’s needs.
Participants in these multidisciplinary tumor conferences include thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists. Together, these specialists analyze and discuss molecular analysis of tumors, chemosensitivity testing and other complex medical factors to identify the most effective treatment plan for each patient.
Mount Sinai’s Lung Cancer Center of Excellence is equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment technology to respond to a wide array of pulmonary disorders. Our specialists identify and treat conditions such as asthma, sleep disorders, chronic obstructive lung disease, respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension. The center also offers a smoking cessation program.