Treating thoracic/chest/lung cancers

Providence Thoracic Oncology Program (also known as Providence Lung Cancer Program) serves patients who have cancers of the chest, including lung cancer. The program provides a multidisciplinary team that provides resources and treatment plans for both patients and their physicians.

Our dedicated, specialized chest disease and surgery service focuses on clinical excellence, research, education and outreach.

Features of our Thoracic Oncology Program include:

  • Thoracic Surgery Initiative: This important initiative ensures the highest quality of care for thoracic surgery patients through leading practices and optimizing outcomes system wide – including 33 hospitals in Providence’s five-state system. Elements of the initiative include: data collection, sharing of best practices, journal participation, and multidisciplinary consults.
  • Chest Watch: Four times a year, high school students get to experience the complexity – and the thrill – of watching an actual thoracic surgery via an audio and video feed in Providence’s Chest Watch Program. Designed to help inspire and educate young people, the program helps motivate students toward a career in medicine while also emphasizing very graphically the long-term health effects of smoking. By the end of 2012, more than 3,000 students participated in this program since Chest Watch began in 2005.
  • Lung Cancer Surgery Outcomes Study: These quality indicators and outcomes data help patients make informed decisions about their surgical care. This information is based on Providence Thoracic Surgery Program’s most common surgeries.
  • Special study - lung cancer: This observational research study focuses on risk prediction, functional outcomes, quality of life, and health resource use after curative lung cancer surgery.  
  • ProvenCare® Lung Care Cancer Collaborative: This phase II study at Providence Portland Medical Center is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) and Geisinger Health System. It investigates the impact of best practice thoracic surgery on lung cancer surgery deaths and complications.
  • Clinical trials: Providence Cancer Center conducts a wide range of cancer-related clinical trials, including those that focus on lung cancer. These cancer clinical trials help researchers develop new treatment strategies for cancer patients.