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More people choose us for lung cancer surgery
As recognized leaders in cancer care, we’re proud that more people in Queens and Nassau counties choose us for lung cancer surgery. Our experts are here to help you thrive—so you can enjoy more of the little moments that take your breath away.

Who we are

At Long Island Jewish Medical Center, we're raising the standard of cancer care. That's why more people in Queens and Nassau counties choose us for lung cancer surgery, according to 2017 data from Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) for Queens and Long Island. We are dual-recognized as leaders in cancer care and minimally invasive robotic surgery, with the highest volume of minimally invasive procedures performed on Long Island—which means you’ll always be cared for by top experts in the field. 

Our surgeons work with a team of experienced physicians throughout the health system to get a spectrum of opinions for care. Each week, they meet with specialists in pulmonary, gastrointestinal medicine, radiation medicine, medical and surgical oncology, and otolaryngology, to ensure treatment plans address every patient's unique case—not just the disease. Each case is reviewed by the team and all physicians weigh in to provide their expert opinion on the best course of treatment. In deciding on a treatment plan, we also include the patient and their families to select a plan that provides the best outcomes for their needs and life goals.


Areas of expertise

Lung cancer usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can begin in other areas of the respiratory system.

Esophageal cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. Every esophageal cancer diagnosis is unique.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique used to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, chest and esophagus.

Robotic technology is used to perform highly precise, minimally invasive surgery. Benefits include less scarring and faster recovery.

We’ve been ranked for high performance in our specialty for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. We’re proud to be recognized for the exceptional care we provide every day.

Learn more

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Before symptoms crop up, consider going for an annual screening which can detect lung cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.

Richard Lazzaro, MD, explains why screening and progressive surgical procedures have improved the outlook for lung cancer patients, who are now living longer and healthier.
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Helpful resources

Our free health risk assessment is the first step to learning your risk for lung cancer.

Whether you're looking for a cancer specialist, treatment center or a clinical trial, Northwell Health Cancer Institute is here to offer you the exceptional care you deserve.

At Northwell Health, our screening experts are trained in detecting lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages—so that you can act before the disease has a chance to spread.

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