Advances in the systemic treatment of thoracic cancers have come at a remarkable pace in recent years. At the Lahey Health Cancer Institute (LHCI), we keep pace with these advances.
Both New and Traditional Approaches
In addition to traditional chemotherapy approaches, recognition of the value of molecularly targeted therapies, and the use of agents to enhance the body’s immune system, have resulted in substantial progress.
Oncology Care Model
Chemotherapy treatment at LHCI reflects the Oncology Care Model (OCM) designed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in which we provide a wide variety of special support services for patients receiving chemotherapy. Learn more about OCM.
Cytotoxic chemotherapy agents remain a important cornerstone of treatment for both selected patients with resected lung cancers as well as patients with more advanced cancers. Increasing emphasis on the development of supportive care agents such as new anti-nausea medicines has allowed chemotherapy to be administered with fewer side effects.
The chemotherapy infusion units throughout the Lahey Health are designed to enhance patient comfort and ease of treatment. Family members or friends may stay with you while you are receiving chemotherapy. Many of our locations provide free television service and free WiFi.
Molecular-targeted cancer therapies are drugs or other substances that block the spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in tumor growth. It includes drugs that:
- Interfere with the signals needed for cell growth or the blood vessels that feed a tumor
- Promote the death of specific cancer cells
- Stimulate the immune system to destroy specific cancer cells
- Deliver toxic drugs to cancer cells
Targeted drugs can be used to address lung cancer cells with a certain genetic makeup. Because every cancer is unique, we will perform a comprehensive analysis of the genetic makeup of your specific cancer to match you with the most effective targeted treatment for the best possible outcome.
Immunotherapy for cancer involves the use of substances either made in the human body or in a laboratory to boost the body’s immune system. The goal is to stimulate your body’s immune system to fight against your particular type of cancer.
If you are concerned about how your treatment might affect future plans to have a child, we offer fertility counseling services.