Overview 

Providing expert care in a supportive environment

Learning of a lung cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming and emotional event. That's why the Cancer Center at Overlake provides patients facing lung cancer with expert and compassionate care in a supportive environment.

Overlake's unique program is distinguished by state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, leading-edge treatments, and a skilled, interdisciplinary staff, which includes a dedicated thoracic surgeon and a lung cancer navigator. The lung cancer navigator is available to provide guidance to patients and their families throughout the treatment process. Our Cancer Resource Center offers a wealth of resources and information for patients and their families, as well as support groups and smoking cessation classes.

About Lung Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women. Early lung cancer diagnosis is critical, but is made difficult by the fact that symptoms may not be apparent until the disease is in its later stages.

The two most common types of lung cancer are small cell and non-small cell.

  • Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer.
  • Small cell lung cancer occurs in about 20 percent of lung cancer cases. Its cells are smaller than most other cancer cells, but can replicate quickly and spread to other areas of the body.

Diagnosis

Early diagnosis can save your life

Early lung cancer diagnosis is critical, but is difficult due to the fact that symptoms may not be apparent until the disease is in its later stages. Signs and symptoms may include a persistent cough, changes in a chronic cough, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, hoarseness and recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis. It's important to pay attention to your body so that any changes can be recognized as early as possible and a diagnosis can be made.

Overlake uses leading-edge diagnostics, employing sophisticated imaging techniques to detect cancer at its earliest possible stage.

Lung Cancer Endobronchial Ultrasonography (EBUS)

To provide earlier detection and accurate diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, Overlake offers an advanced diagnostic technique called endobronchial ultrasonography (EBUS). Overlake is the only hospital on the Eastside to offer EBUS.

Using a linear curved-array ultrasonic bronchoscope, EBUS allows aspiration biopsies to be performed under real-time ultrasound imaging. Our instrument has linear-scanning ultrasound imaging capability and a dedicated aspiration needle, specifically designed for diagnostic biopsies and staging in the lung. In real time, we can observe the aspiration needle on a video monitor as well as on the ultrasound image, enabling us to much more accurately target the lymph node for diagnosis and staging.

In addition to more accurate diagnoses, there are tremendous benefits to patients including a decreased need for invasive surgery.

Our Services

Our full list of imaging services includes:

  • CT PET/CT*
  • MRI*
  • CT-guided lung biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endobrochial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Nuclear imaging, including bone scans
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy

Treatment

Overlake strives to provide the most up-to-date and technologically advanced methods in the treatment of lung cancer. Since each type of lung cancer grows and spreads differently, the specific treatment used for each case of lung cancer varies.

Patients consult with their doctor(s) to choose a cancer treatment regimen based on a number of factors such as overall health, the type and stage of the cancer and the patient’s personal preferences.

Options typically involve one or more treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or targeted drug therapy.

Surgery

Overlake's surgery program continues to rank among the best in the area.

The surgical staff at Overlake embraces a philosophy of respect, compassion, advocacy and integrity. Our experienced and caring surgical teams work hard to create a harmonious, therapeutic and technologically advanced environment for all patients and their families throughout the surgical process.

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery

Overlake offers a minimally invasive approach -- Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) -- to diagnose and treat chest and lung disorders. VATS can be used to examine chest cavities, treat infected chest spaces, take biopsies of lung masses, repair a collapsed lung, drain fluid from the lungs and remove a lobe due to lung cancer.

During this procedure, one or more small port incisions are made in the chest to allow a tiny camera (thorascope) and surgical instruments inside the body. Images from the thoracoscope are magnified and transmitted onto multiple video monitors to allow the entire surgical team to watch the procedure.

The benefit of VATS over a traditional thoracotomy (a more invasive approach requiring a larger incision, division of muscles and sometimes ribs) includes smaller scars, less pain, faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays, less need for pain medications, and a faster return to work and normal activities.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer medications, or vaccine-types of agents to disrupt cancer cells from growing and multiplying. The medications seek out and destroy cancer cells in different parts of the body. Chemotherapy agents can reach cancers that cannot be reached by surgery or radiation. Occasionally chemotherapy is given prior to surgery to decrease the size of a large tumor to obtain better surgical results.

Factors such as the type of cancer and the stage of the disease are used to determine how and when chemotherapy agents should be given. Depending on these factors, your medication may be given either intravenously, intramuscularly or orally, and the frequency can range from daily, to weekly or monthly.

 

Radiation Therapy

One of the most common treatments in cancer, radiation therapy is used in more than half of all cancer cases. It is the primary treatment for many kinds of cancer and, for many patients, the only treatment needed beyond surgery.

The type of radiation and the length of treatment vary according to the type of tumor, location of the cancer, your overall health and the stage of your disease.

Overlake Radiation Oncology has state-of-the art equipment providing you with the most recent advances in radiation therapy.

Radiation is often used in combination with other treatments like chemotherapy and surgery. Depending on the type of tumor and the location, radiation may be used as the primary, secondary or supplementary method of treatment. Since radiation stops cancer from growing, it may also be used to relieve pain and other symptoms, or to reduce the size of a tumor before surgery.

Support

Overlake has a wealth of information to help you understand your cancer diagnosis, learn about the treatment types available and know what to expect in managing the disease. Our staff works together in attending to your emotional and social needs, along with your physical well-being. This holistic approach allows you to concentrate on healing.

Our Team

Overlake's lung cancer team, made up of a variety of specialists, meets regularly to review each case to ensure patients receive the best care possible. Our Lung Cancer Interdisciplinary Conference meets twice monthly to discuss patient care and determine the best course of treatment.

Our lung cancer team consists of the following providers:

  • Pulmonologists 
  • Thoracic surgeons 
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists 
  • Nurses

Lung cancer patients may also interact with social workers, nutritionists, rehabilitation staff, clinical trials nurses, and pastoral care during their treatment process. The Cancer Resource Center provides patients with resources to help with understanding their care and provides information on supportive services offered at Overlake and within the community.

Social workers as patient navigators

Our oncology social workers/patient navigators are here to help guide you and your family through the complexities of cancer care and treatment, as well as access to our Cancer Resource Center.  

Email:
Oncologysocialwork@overlakehospital.org

Phone:
Amy Kyi, 425.688.5586
Abby McNeil, 425.467.3809
 

Additional online cancer resources

 

Lung Cancer Treatments

Overlake strives to provide the most up-to-date and technologically advanced methods in the treatment of lung cancer. Since each type of lung cancer grows and spreads differently, the specific treatment used for each case of lung cancer varies.

Patients consult with their doctor(s) to choose a cancer treatment regimen based on a number of factors such as overall health, the type and stage of the cancer, and the patient’s personal preferences.

Options typically involve one or more treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted drug therapy.

Lung Cancer Endobronchial Ultrasonography (EBUS)

To provide earlier detection and accurate diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, Overlake offers an advanced diagnostic technique called endobronchial ultrasonography (EBUS). Overlake is the only hospital on the Eastside to offer EBUS.

Using a linear curved-array ultrasonic bronchoscope, EBUS allows aspiration biopsies to be performed under real-time ultrasound imaging. Our instrument has linear-scanning ultrasound imaging capability and a dedicated aspiration needle, specifically designed for diagnostic biopsies and staging in the lung. In real time, we can observe the aspiration
needle on a video monitor as well as on the ultrasound image, enabling us to much more accurately target the lymph node for diagnosis and staging.

In addition to more accurate diagnoses, there are tremendous benefits to patients including a decreased need for invasive surgery.

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery

Overlake offers a minimally invasive approach—Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)—to diagnose and treat chest and lung disorders. VATS can be used to examine chest cavities, treat infected chest spaces, take biopsies of lung masses, repair a collapsed lung, drain fluid from the lungs and remove a lobe due to lung cancer.

During this procedure, one or more small port incisions are made in the chest to allow a tiny camera (thorascope) and surgical instruments inside the body. Images from the thoracoscope are magnified and transmitted onto multiple video monitors to allow the entire surgical team to watch the procedure.

The benefit of VATS over a traditional thoracotomy (a more invasive approach requiring a larger incision, division of muscles and sometimes ribs) includes smaller scars, less pain, faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays, less need for pain medications, and a faster return to work and normal activities.

Resources + Support

Resources + Support

Guiding your care 

We are pleased to offer trained oncology social workers/patient navigators to help guide patients, families and caregivers through the healthcare system. They complement the medical treatment available by providing emotional support, teaching coping skills, addressing complex family or social concerns that could hinder treatment and coordinate services and referrals within the multidisciplinary team here at Overlake.

Contact Information

Email:
Oncologysocialworker@overlakehospital.org

Phone:
Amy Kyi, 425.688.5586
Abby McNeil, 425.467.3809
 

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This project continues Overlake’s investment in first-class medical facilities that helps fulfill our promise to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of a vibrant Eastside community.

The project will grow our campus and service offerings in several significant ways, including:

  • Create a new East Tower
  • Add a new Childbirth and Mother/Baby Center
  • Expand the Behavioral Health Unit
  • Add two state-of-the-art surgical suites
  • Enhance respiratory care
  • Add more laboratory space

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