Cancer Care

Weill Cornell Medicine
Meyer Cancer Center

at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Lung & Pleural Cancers

Why Choose Us

Advanced lung cancer care in your neighborhood

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At the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the care of people with lung and pleural cancers. In one comprehensive center, you can access prevention and early detection services, assessment, genetic testing, the latest treatments, and promising new therapies through clinical trials. You can receive world-class cancer care right here in Brooklyn.

Our thoracic surgeons and oncologists are highly skilled and experienced in treating people with pleural mesothelioma, a tumor of the lung lining caused by asbestos. We bring together all of the experts required to customize the treatment plan that best meets your needs.

Our team participates in clinical trials evaluating novel treatments to advance care for people with lung cancer, especially those whose disease does not respond well to standard therapies. You may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of an innovative therapy—talk to your oncologist to learn more.

Services & Specialties

Comprehensive lung cancer care

Our Team

A team of lung cancer experts

Your team consists of interventional pulmonologists, medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and respiratory therapists who work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs. Together they treat all types and stages of lung cancer, including non-small cell carcinomas (such as adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), small cell lung cancer, and mediastinal and pleural tumors, including thymoma and mesothelioma. Your providers meet regularly to discuss your care and make sure you are receiving the most effective therapies. Our doctors are also on the lung cancer care team at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Our Approach to Care

Full-service care for people with lung & pleural cancers

We understand that lung cancer care goes beyond treatment. To support your quality of life, we offer palliative care, which includes services such as pain management. Nutritionists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and others will help you and your loved ones address the effects of cancer and its treatment — physical, emotional, and spiritual. We understand the burden lung cancer can place on your life and the lives of your loved ones, and we do whatever we can to lessen that burden.

Interventional pulmonology to accurately diagnose tumors

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital was one of the first hospitals in New York to offer interventional pulmonology, a minimally invasive approach to diagnosing and treating lung disorders. Our interventional pulmonologists use an approach called navigational bronchoscopy to locate, biopsy, and sometimes treat small and hard-to-reach lung tumors. This procedure combines electromagnetic navigational techniques with CT and ultrasound images. It spares you from more invasive diagnostic surgical approaches and can be done on an outpatient basis. In addition, we now offer robotic-assisted bronchoscopy using the Ion by Intuitive. With its advanced mapping technique and flexibility, the Ion helps physicians target lung nodules that were previously inaccessible.

We also use endobronchial ultrasound to identify and biopsy central lymph nodes in the chest to see if they contain cancer cells. Guided by real-time medical imaging, these procedures provide doctors with better access to tissues that will be analyzed for cancer cells, making it easier to reach even the smallest tumors deep inside the lungs.