Lung Cancer Treatment
The Lung Cancer Program at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center is dedicated to comprehensive and customized care for people with lung cancer.
Our multidisciplinary team of lung cancer specialists is dedicated to supporting you and your family before, during and after your treatment. Led by Cleveland Lewis, M.D., our skilled, multidisciplinary team provides specialized care in early detection, diagnosis, thoracic surgery, and treatment of lung cancer ensuring you receive the most advanced treatment in a timely manner.
We treat patients with various types of lung malignancies including:
- Small cell carcinoma
- Non-small cell carcinomas (including squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma)
- Less common types of cancer such as malignant mesothelioma and carcinoid tumors.
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer starts to forms in tissues of the lung when cells, usually in the cells that line air passages, become abnormal and begin to grow out of control. As more cancer cells develop, they can form into a tumor and spread to other areas of the body.
The two main types of lung cancer are small cell and non-small cell:
- About 80% to 85% of lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
- About 10% to 15% are small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
These types of lung cancer are treated very differently. The type can be determined based on how they look under a microscope.
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (excluding skin cancer). About 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2017 are:
- About 222,500 new cases of lung cancer (116,990 in men and 105,510 in women)
- About 155,870 deaths from lung cancer (84,590 in men and 71,280 in women)
Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
Education and Support
From cancer support groups and screenings to our clinical trials program, we provide comprehensive cancer care. If you or a loved one has cancer, count on Orange Regional’s experienced physicians, compassionate staff and live-saving technologies to fight the battle, together with you.
Our Patient Navigators are specially-trained to help guide and support you and your family through your cancer care treatment and recovery.
We are an active participant in the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS), a data collection and reporting system with near real-time information on cancer patients.
From living with cancer to living beyond it, at Orange Regional, we're proud and committed to offering survivorship services from support groups to rehabilitation.
We're committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we have implemented our comprehensive Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
Risk Assessment Program
We offer a Lung Cancer Risk Assessment Program to evaluate and develop individualized risk assessment and reduction plans for individuals at high-risk for lung cancer.
Cancer Support Groups & Classes
MEET OUR TEAM
- Cleveland W. Lewis, Jr, MD,
Cleveland W. Lewis, Jr, MD is an Orange Regional Medical Group surgeon specializing in thoracic procedures. Dr. Lewis will also be serving as Assistant Director of the Surgical Residency program. Dr. Lewis received his medical degree and completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Duke University School of Medicine, in N.C.
- Jayne O’Malley,
Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator
- Murali Krishna,
Dr. Krishna is member of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PCCSM) team at Orange Regional Medical Group and is a Board-certified pulmonary-critical care physician.
- Aamir Gilani,
Dr. Gilani holds Board certifications in critical care, internal and pulmonary medicine and is board eligible in preventive medicine.