At St. Peter’s Health, we understand that a diagnosis of lung cancer can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help you through each step of your diagnosis and treatment.
St. Peter’s Approach to Lung Cancer Treatment
For patients who are at high risk for developing lung cancer, we have lung cancer screening that uses low dose CT scans. If you are interested in a lung cancer screening or have more questions, contact our lung navigation unit at 406-447-2661. Our staff will review your risk with you and determine if a LDCT scan is appropriate for you.
We have a nurse navigator who works only with lung cancer patients. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, our nurse navigator will be with you throughout your treatment.
Lung Cancer Programs and Services
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Lung Cancer Screening
- Microwave Ablation
- Needle Biopsy
- Tobacco Cessation
- Radiation Therapy
- Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery
- VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
Quality Lung Cancer Care at St. Peter’s
- Patient navigator: We have a nurse navigator who is dedicated to working with patients who have lung cancer. Your nurse navigator:
- Is a key part of your cancer care team
- Supports you and your family throughout your treatment
- Coordinates your care and any services you need
- Talks with you about your emotional and mental needs and makes referrals to resources as needed
- Precision radiation therapy: Our radiation oncology team uses radiation therapy that delivers more precise radiation to cancerous cells. Precision therapies at St. Peter’s—such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiosurgery— allow physicians to target radiation so you get less radiation to surrounding healthy cells and fewer side effects.
- Alternative to surgery: For patients for whom lung surgery would be too difficult, we have the option of microwave ablation. With microwave ablation, a needle is inserted into the tumor within your chest. Through the needle, microwaves create a small area of heat that destroys the lung cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy for lung cancer: With immunotherapy, your body’s immune system is used to recognize and destroy cancer cells. At St. Peter’s, we offer all FDA-approved uses of immunotherapy for lung cancer.
- Thoracic surgery: Our general surgeons perform minor thoracic surgeries, such as the removal of small tumors and VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery).
- VATS is a minimally invasive procedure that eliminates the need to spread your ribs (like open surgery does), which typically leads to a faster recovery.
- If you need open surgery, we typically refer patients to Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s thoracic surgeons.
- After your surgery, you can receive follow-up care here at the hospital through thoracic surgeons from Kalispell who visit on a regular basis.