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A Team Approach to Lung Cancer Care

At Lancaster General Health, we believe a team approach is the key to accurate diagnosis and successful treatment of lung cancer.

Specialists at our Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute collaborate with experts from Penn Medicine in Philadelphia to offer you a full range of personalized, advanced treatment options. We incorporate surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy to deliver integrated treatments for complex management of lung cancer including:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Large-cell (undifferentiated) carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer)
  • Non-small cell carcinoma (NSCLC)
  • Combined small cell carcinoma

"I survived World War II. I wasn’t going to lose my battle with lung cancer.”

- Lew Fornoff | Lung Cancer Survivor

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Patient Story

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Lew Fornoff

Lung Cancer Survivor

Lew and Ned Fornoff were off to a weekend trip to Atlantic City in August 2016. Avid travelers both locally and abroad, the Fornoffs were looking forward to a quick summer getaway. With bags packed, the Manheim couple were in the car when they received an unexpected phone call from Lew’s orthopedic surgeon. Lew was scheduled for a shoulder replacement and had a routine chest x-ray as part of his pre-admission testing. The x-ray showed a spot on his lung that required further examination.

Patient Story

They immediately turned the car around and called Dr. Randall Oyer, Medical Director at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, to make an appointment.

“When I first got the call, I thought to myself, this is probably nothing to worry about,” says Lew. “At 88, I’ve lived through a lot and there isn’t much that worries me.”

A retired business owner of a printing and publishing business, Lew was a former smoker (at one point, two packs a day), but he quit smoking more than 30 years ago. Lung cancer was the furthest thing from his mind.

After an MRI showed that he had a cancerous tumor, Lew was referred to Dr. Jennifer Worth, LG Health thoracic surgeon. “Dr. Worth was terrific,” says Lew. “She explained everything to me and we discussed my treatment options. After a review by the lung cancer treatment team, it was decided at that point that I didn’t need surgery.”

“I was really impressed with the team approach at the Cancer Institute,” says Lew’s wife, Ned. “Everything was well coordinated. I went online to research Lew’s condition and treatment for lung cancer and I felt extremely confident that Lew was getting great care. It’s also nice to know that LG Health is part of Penn Medicine,” she says. “When it comes to cancer care, it’s great to have a partner like Penn.”

The lung cancer treatment team recommended radiation therapy to shrink the tumor. The Cancer Institute offers several innovative therapies, including Cyberknife®, to treat lung cancer. Lew’s treatment utilized Tomotherapy®, a modality that uses stereotactic radiotherapy to precisely target the tumor. “Tumor tracking is extremely important when treating lung cancer patients,” explains Dr. Kishor Singapuri, radiation oncologist. “The technology we use is like a GPS, tracking the tumor as the patient breathes so that we can precisely deliver the maximum dose of radiation, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.”

Lew took the radiation treatments in stride. “I’m a nuclear survivor. At the end of World War II, we took ships in the South Pacific to Bikini Atoll and exploded two nuclear bombs. A little radiation doesn’t scare me!”

After just five treatments, Lew’s tumor shrunk and there is now no evidence of his cancer. He and Ned are able to plan their next trip overseas. “It’s great to have this Cancer Institute here in our community,” remarked Lew. “When you come here, you immediately feel confident. Everyone is so professional and courteous and it’s all under one roof. I knew I was in good hands and was going to get the care I need. I never considered going anywhere else.”

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Cutting Edge, Compassionate Care

At Penn Medicine we understand that receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. We’re here to help you through the process. An important part of that process is taking some time to evaluate your options.

Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center continues to be on the cutting-edge of designing novel treatments for lung cancer. Options available through Penn's Abramson Cancer Center include:

  • Lung-sparing surgery and other advanced surgical options such as precision surgery, sleeve resection and laser surgery
  • Radiation therapies including CyberKnife® and proton therapy at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center
  • Chemotherapy, biological therapies including immunotherapy, and targeted molecular therapies
  • Clinical trials of the very latest treatments for lung cancer
  • Personalized treatment plans for each lung cancer patient. This includes genomic testing with Penn’s Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD) which allows your medical team to precisely deliver the right treatment, to the right person, at the right time.

Lung cancer specialists who evaluate and treat only lung disease will develop personalized treatment plans that often include a combination of therapies designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients also have access to support services, education programs, cancer counselors and dietitians specially trained in the complexities of lung cancer care.

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Same–Day Appointments Available for New Patients

Penn Thoracic Oncology now offers new patient appointments within one business day. Quick, convenient access to lung cancer experts is available at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Cutting-edge Technology

We offer the latest advanced treatments for lung cancer, including Proton Therapy at Penn Medicine. Proton therapy uses beams of protons that are precisely directed at a lung tumor. The precision of proton therapy limits the radiation exposure of normal tissues while allowing a higher dose to be delivered to the tumor in the lung.

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A Dedicated Nurse Navigator

A nurse navigator with special expertise in lung cancer will guide you through your diagnosis and treatment, coordinating care, helping your sort through complex information, and connecting you with community resources.

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Advanced Thoracic Surgery Team

Our highly skilled surgeons worked closely with your referring doctor and our Penn Medicine colleagues to offer you advanced levels of care.

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Clinical Trials

Because of clinical trials, at both the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and Penn Medicine, patients are benefitting from breakthrough therapies and treatment for lung cancer.

Know Your Risks. Understand Your Options.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. When detected early, it is also one of the most treatable types of cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s more important than ever to ask the right questions. Access these resources to determine your risks, understand your options and make an informed decision about your treatment.

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Lung Screening Assessment

Take our Lung Screening Assessment to determine if you or a loved one is an appropriate candidate for Low-Dose CT lung screenings. Our program is recommended for adults ages 55-77 with a 30-pack-year history of smoking and no history of lung cancer.

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Lung Cancer Patient Guide

Today, there’s more hope than ever for those facing lung cancer. Some advanced options can result in speedier recovery, fewer side effects and better long-term outcomes. Download the Learning About Lung Cancer Patient Guide and learn more about your options.

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Request an appointment to see one of our lung cancer experts. Just fill out a simple form and a representative will call you back to schedule an appointment.

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