World-Class Lung Cancer Care

At Stamford Health, we are committed to providing emotional support and compassionate, comprehensive lung cancer care to every patient. Our mission is to be there for you throughout the stages of prevention, detection, diagnosis, and lung cancer treatment.


Our Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which relies on person-centered care with evidence-based treatment, recently broadened its relationship with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center. This allows our patients to have enhanced oncology care from both world-class teams.

Stamford Health’s thoracic surgery department emphasizes a team approach when developing your treatment plan. They work collaboratively with providers from pulmonology, gastroenterology, radiology, pathology, and both medical and radiation oncology to make sure your needs are fully met.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a confusing, and sometimes frightening, process. Stamford Health’s nurse navigators ensure that no patient is ever left feeling alone. Our navigators work as part of a multidisciplinary oncology team to provide support to patients through their cancer treatment and into survivorship. They answer questions, coordinate appointments and services, and offer referrals to additional resources, if needed.


A Closer Look At Our Lung Cancer Program

Stamford Health is proud to offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and compassionate approach to caring for our patients with lung cancer.



Lung Cancer Care At Stamford Health

DANA-FARBER BRIGHAM CANCER CENTER COLLABORATION

Our deepening relationship means our physicians work with Dana-Farber Brigham doctors to provide a second opinion right from the start, access to clinical trials, and care guided by the most advanced evidence-based best practices in cancer treatment and research.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

In an effort to constantly improve your care, our team at Stamford Health holds a thoracic oncology multidisciplinary conference twice a month. A group of physicians, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and pulmonologists review your unique case in detail. This allows us to collectively offer the most up-to-date, efficient care plan that’s unique to you.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PROGRAM

This evidence-based approach combines traditional scientific medicine, psychology, nursing, nutrition, and exercise physiology to enhance the natural healing capacities of the body and mind. This range of complimentary therapies is offered to each patient in combination with conventional cancer treatment.


Lung Cancer Treatment Options

Our team focuses on you and your course of treatment with full attention to detail. We meet frequently at multidisciplinary conferences, or tumor boards, to discuss individual patient cases. Specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, and genetics gather together to decide on the most optimal lung cancer treatment for you.

If you require surgery, our thoracic oncology team will be with you each step of the way from consultation to post-operative care. We use the most modern techniques to treat lung cancer, including robotic surgery and options that minimize the need to spread the ribs leading to less pain and a quicker recovery.
When you need radiation therapy, our expert team depends on the latest technology to care for you. Your radiation oncologist will develop a personalized care plan to deliver radiation to the tumor area, shielding as much surrounding normal tissue as possible.
If needed, your oncologist will create a plan for your chemotherapy treatment that targets lung cancer. For immunotherapy, this ground-breaking treatment activates specific parts of the immune system to fight lung cancer.

Meet Our Providers

  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonology
Lauren E Drysdale
Thoracic Surgery

(203) 276-4404

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Michael  Ebright
Thoracic Surgery

(203) 276-4404

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Christopher J Del Prete
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Salvatore A. Del Prete
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Paul L. Weinstein
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Steven C Oh
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Andrew W Smith
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Mia  Kazanjian
Diagnostic Radiology

(203) 276-2663

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Tal  Oren
Anatomic-Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology

(203) 276-7420

Michael A Bernstein
Pulmonary Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

(203) 348-2437

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Hear From Our Patients

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“Once I was over the initial shock, I was able to think more positively. Dr. Ebright was great. He took the time to explain everything clearly and was very reassuring.”


READ MARGARETA’S STORY

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“The doctors and staff deliver top-notch medical care, alongside unbelievable bedside manner, kindness, and compassion which truly makes the unbearable, bearable … This integrated approach (to care) is what has made my treatment so successful and is the reason I tell everyone that Stamford Health is the place to go with any health care needs.”


– Lauren Corcoran

Lung Cancer Screening Program

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and most of the time is not diagnosed until you have symptoms like cough, chest pain, or weight loss. The good news? When detected early, you have the best chance to be cured. Learn more about who qualifies for lung cancer screening by watching this video.

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Symptoms Of Lung Cancer

If you experience any of the following symptoms of lung cancer, contact us to schedule an an appointment for testing and screening:

  • Incessant coughing.
  • Chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Unintentional weight loss.

RISK FACTORS

According to the American Cancer Society, about 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. (Find out more about our smoking cessation program.)

However, people who have never smoked and have no other known risk factors can also develop the disease. Additional risk factors include:

  • Secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Exposure to radon.
  • Exposure to asbestos.
  • Previous radiation therapy to lungs.
  • Air pollution.
  • Family history of lung cancer.

Lung Cancer FAQs

  • How can you schedule a lung cancer screening appointment at Stamford Health?
    Scheduling a lung cancer screening appointment at Stamford Health is simple. You can initiate the process by contacting our dedicated team directly via 203.276.CARE (press 3), or talking to your primary care physician to understand if you qualify for a screening. Our goal is to make the scheduling process as convenient as possible for you.
  • Can you seek a second opinion on a lung cancer diagnosis and treatment plan at Stamford Health?
    Absolutely. Stamford Health encourages individuals to seek second opinions to ensure confidence in their lung cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. We offer a second opinion program, providing access to expert insights.
  • How can you reduce your risk of developing lung cancer, especially if you’re a current or former smoker?

    Reducing the risk of lung cancer involves lifestyle modifications. If you’re a current or former smoker, participating in our Smoking Cessation Program can provide valuable support. Additionally, consider undergoing regular screenings through our Lung Cancer Screening Program for early detection.

    Explore our Smoking Cessation Program here and our Lung Cancer Screening Program here.

  • Can Stamford Health provide assistance with smoking cessation programs for individuals looking to quit smoking and reduce their risk of lung cancer?

    Yes, Stamford Health is committed to helping individuals quit smoking through our Smoking Cessation Program. This program offers comprehensive support and resources to aid in the journey towards better lung health. Take the first step towards quitting today.

    Explore our Smoking Cessation Program here.

  • What role does family history play in the risk of lung cancer, and should individuals with a family history be screened more frequently?
    Family history can influence the risk of lung cancer. Individuals with a family history may benefit from more frequent screenings or preventive measures. Our health care professionals can provide personalized guidance based on your family history and risk profile.
  • For individuals who have never smoked, what are the risk factors for developing lung cancer, and should they consider screening?

    While smoking is a significant risk factor for lung cancer, non-smokers, including young women, can still be at risk due to factors like environmental exposures and genetic predispositions. Stamford Health emphasizes the importance of considering regular screenings for individuals, particularly in light of the rising rates of lung cancer in young women. Early detection can significantly impact treatment outcomes.

    Explore our Lung Cancer Screening Program here and learn more about the increasing rates in young women here.

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