Comprehensive Lung Evaluation and Resource Clinic at Medical City Dallas Hospital
Treatment Tailored to Every Patient
What is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer remains the most common cause of cancer death, resulting in more deaths than all those due to breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. But lung cancer is highly treatable when detected early.
Who is at risk?
Many who are at risk for lung cancer don’t show symptoms until the disease reaches advanced stages. At that point, it may be too late for life-saving surgery and other treatments.
High risk individuals include:
- Current or former smokers, 50 years of age or older, who smoked for at least 20 years
- Personal history of cancer or lung disease
- Family history of lung cancer
- Occupational exposure to second-hand smoke
Why Choose the CLEAR Clinic?
The CLEAR Clinic is a program dedicated to the treatment of lung cancer. It is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary, personalized treatment program for patients with lung cancer and complex lung diseases. Our unique program treats a wide variety of chest, lung and throat diseases and offers individualized, unique treatment for each patient. The CLEAR Clinic manages abnormal CT scans and minimizes diagnosis time, offering early detection and treatment options that may not otherwise be available for patients.
The CLEAR Clinic includes a multi-disciplinary clinical team of experienced medical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons and radiologists who evaluate patient images and specimens obtained in screening and treatments. Our trained thoracic surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive techniques and committed to annual reporting on surgical outcomes. Our pulmonologist specializes in interventional/therapeutic procedures for cancer and has the capability to remove selective benign tumors through nonsurgical endoscopy procedures. Our oncologists and radiation oncologists are experienced in caring for patients with lung cancer. Our nurses and support staff will assist you with coordination of your healthcare from the moment you first contact the CLEAR Clinic. They will be with you every step of the way.
How is Lung Cancer Treated?
Lung cancer is treated through:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Treatment options and recommendations will depend on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, possible side effects and your preferences and overall health. Take time to learn about all of your treatment options, and be sure to ask questions about things that are unclear to you. You should also talk about the goals of each treatment with your doctor and what you can expect when you receive treatment.