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Lung Cancer Treatment


Lung cancer is one of the most widespread health conditions in the region and nation. You can trust Ballad Health for high-quality cancer care because our experienced doctors treat more lung cancer patients in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia than any other providers in the area.

Team Approach to Your Care

Rely on Ballad Health’s a variety of Ballad Health caregivers to develop a care plan just for you.

Your team will answer your questions and recommend options that reflect your needs and preferences. Your plan will help you fight lung cancer with the advanced treatments and technology available at Ballad Health. 

Dedicated lung cancer navigators through Triumph Cancer Navigators will help guide you through every step of your cancer journey.

Lung Cancer Treatments

The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell and small cell. Your personal treatment plan will depend on your lung cancer diagnosis and stage of development. Treatment typically involves different combinations of:

  • Cancer medicines, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Targeted therapy

Lung Cancer Surgery

Partner with Ballad Health when you need surgery for lung cancer. To remove cancerous lung tissue, your doctor may use procedures such as:

  • Wedge resection – Removes a specific area of cancerous tissue from the lung
  • Lobectomy – Takes an entire lobe off the lung
  • Pneumonectomy – Removes the whole lung

Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

Whenever possible, your Ballad Health doctors use minimally invasive techniques to diagnose, define and treat your cancer. That means you’re likely to experience less pain and a faster recovery.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique to diagnose and treat lung cancer.

During VATS, your doctor will make a small incision and use a tiny camera, or thoracoscope, to send images to a video monitor. The images guide your doctor to perform your lung surgery.

Learn more about surgical services at Ballad Health.

After Lung Cancer Treatment

Your lung cancer care team will work with you before and after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to manage side effects, support healing and provide follow-up care for your best possible outcome.

Palliative Care

Ask your Triumph cancer navigator about the benefits of palliative care to help you feel better during lung cancer treatment.

Lung Cancer Support Services

Get compassionate care and support from your Ballad Health care team. You’ll receive comfort and encouragement throughout your lung cancer journey, and you’ll gain access to a wide variety of cancer support resources.

Lung Cancer Prevention

Smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking accounts for about 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, including about 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths.

Improve your health and decrease your chance of getting cancer with the help of a Ballad Health smoking cessation program.