Lung Care at Providence Northwest Heart & Lung

When you’re a patient at Providence Northwest Heart & Lung, we don't just treat your lung condition – we treat you. You’ll receive whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit. Our expert thoracic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques in a majority of our cases to reduce pain and improve recovery time, leading to better outcomes for you.

2069.2 miles away
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lung Care at Providence Northwest Heart & Lung

When you’re a patient at Providence Northwest Heart & Lung, we don't just treat your lung condition – we treat you. You’ll receive whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit. Our expert thoracic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques in a majority of our cases to reduce pain and improve recovery time, leading to better outcomes for you.

2069.2 miles away
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Why Choose Us for Your Lung Care?

As our patient, you have access to the best specialists and a full range of support services for you and your loved ones – all conveniently located. We’re also able to minimize the time between your diagnosis and treatment with coordinated, whole-person care that always puts you first.

The earlier your lung condition is diagnosed, the sooner you can begin treatment and the better your outcomes will be. With our region-wide coordinated care, you are diagnosed, and your treatment can begin more quickly. We coordinate care between your specialists and your primary care provider – all within Spokane – so you won’t wait long to see your doctor.

Your personalized treatment plan depends on unique factors, from your diagnosis to your personal preferences. Our spectrum of care includes support services – such as registered dietitians, counselors and chaplains – to care for every aspect of your health. If you have a cancer diagnosis, your care team receives input from our multidisciplinary tumor boards and Lung Nodule Clinic, where regional experts from across the Inland Northwest discuss patient cases and make sure you’re getting the very best, timely treatment.

Our specialty thoracic surgeons pride themselves on using minimally invasive techniques in 90% of our cases to reduce pain and improve recovery time while causing fewer complications. We also offer the largest robotic cardiothoracic program in the Inland Northwest.

We take a team-based approach to your care. Your multidisciplinary team may include board-certified medical oncologists, pathologists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons. You and your family will also receive a full range of support services well beyond conventional treatment, from genetic counseling and education to nutrition and pain management.

Illness doesn’t discriminate, but access to great care hasn’t always been the same for everyone. At Providence Northwest Heart & Lung, we are deeply committed to making sure every patient we treat has access to the best care. We value, respect and support the racial, ethnic, religious, spiritual, gender and sexual identities of each member of our diverse communities. In keeping with our Mission, Providence offers financial assistance programs that provide free and low-cost care to those who are eligible.

We are part of the Providence Regional Cancer Center, which features world-class cancer specialists in six hospitals and medical centers, as well as nearly 20 specialty clinics throughout the region. As our patient, you have access to the largest community-based cancer network in the United States. This means that your local cancer care team shares knowledge and experience with other world-class clinicians across Providence’s 51 hospitals in seven states. The power of our network is one of the reasons thousands of newly diagnosed cancer patients choose us for their cancer care each year.

About Lung Conditions

We treat a wide range of lung conditions, from abscesses due to lung infections to lung cancer. Lung cancer is a type of thoracic cancer that begins in the lungs. It is often caused by exposure to tobacco, though there are rising numbers of patients being diagnosed with lung cancer who have never smoked or been exposed to secondhand smoke.

Our expert team uses the most effective, leading-edge therapies to treat patients with lung conditions of all types, including:

Non-cancerous (benign) chest conditions:

  • Achalasia
  • Diaphragm disorders
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Lung abscess
  • Lung infections
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Paraesophageal/hiatal hernia
  • Pectus excavatum or carinatum
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Rib and sternal fractures
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Thoracic schwannomas and peripheral nerve sheath tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal stenosi
  • Tracheobronchomalacia

Cancerous (malignant) conditions:

  • Chest masses
  • Chest wall tumors and reconstruction
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung masses
  • Lymphoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural tumors
  • Thymic cancer

Other conditions:

  • Chest wall deformities
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung nodules
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Pulmonary emphysema

Meet the Team

At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.

Commonly Used Testing and Diagnostics

Your doctors use many diagnostic and prognostic tools to determine which therapies work best to treat your cancer. Taking into account factors specific to your case, like cancer type and the genetic or molecular profile of the tumor, these may include one or more of the following:

  • Gene expression assay
  • Genomic tumor profiling (ALK, BRAF, EGFR, MET, NTRK 1/2/3, KRAS, RET, ROS)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • PET/CT scan

Awards and Accreditations

As part of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital we are proud to see our dedication to our patients recognized by some of the most well-respected programs and institutions in the United States.

 Supporting Our Cancer Patients

Part of treating your illness means supporting and empowering you as a whole person – body, mind and spirit. We offer key support services beyond conventional treatment to help you and your loved ones through your treatment journey as comfortably as possible. Services include:

  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Chaplain services
  • Childcare services
  • Guest housing
  • Lending libraries
  • Oncology nutrition experts
  • Organ transplant support
  • Peer support
  • Pharmacotherapy services
  • Support groups
  • Transportation resources
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The Power of Our Network

Part of Providence Regional Cancer Center

As part of the largest specialty provider group in the region, our dedicated experts care for patients in six hospitals and nearly 20 outpatient locations throughout the Inland Northwest. Regardless of where you go for care, you have an entire team of cancer experts working hand in hand to provide you with the best possible outcomes.

Learn more about Providence Regional Cancer Center

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