Lung Cancers

Lung cancer can be fast-growing and fast-spreading, which is why the order of your care matters. New immune therapies and new surgical methods may offer you better results.

To give you the best chance for the highest quality of life, our Lung Cancers Team considers the most advanced drugs, surgeries and radiation treatments available and creates a plan that would work best for you.

Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking reduces the effects of cancer treatment, so to help lung cancer patients quit, we’ve integrated a smoking cessation program into our clinic. Patients choosing to join the program will receive guidance and support to quit smoking.

Our program follows national guidelines that are based on scientifically-validated studies and follows patients as they kick a habit they may have had for decades. The program adapts to each patient’s needs and can incorporate lifestyle changes, patches or medication.

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Meet the Lung Cancers Team

Medical Oncologists

... work with the entire team to manage clinical trials. They use chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy to treat lung cancer.

1,010

new cases of lung and bronchus cancer were estimated for New Mexico in 2017.

Source:
American Cancer Society, 2017

123

medicines are in development for lung cancer.

Source:
American Cancer Society, 2015

Pulmonogists

... treat cancers and other diseases of the lungs and airways. They use different medicines and methods of treatment and work with the entire team to treat lung cancer.

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Radiation Oncologists

... use radiation to kill cancer cells. They use many different methods to get radiation to cancer cells while reducing radiation to normal cells. These methods include stereotactic body radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

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Surgical Oncologists

Thoracic surgical oncologists are specially trained to remove cancer tumors from the delicate tissues of the lungs. Our surgical team can perform minimally invasive surgeries and complex surgeries that include removing tumors from the chest wall and reconstructing airways.

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Steven Perez, PA-C

Steven Perez, PA-C

Lori Lelii, CNP

Lori Lelii, CNP

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

... may perform certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. They may give medications or injections, take medical histories or perform medical exams.