Many patients in St. Petersburg, Florida, who seek chemotherapy for lung cancer choose to receive treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida and remains at the forefront of cancer research and treatment with our robust clinical trial programs. Thousands of patients have received comprehensive treatment that has helped them fight cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
At Moffitt, every cancer case is reviewed by our tumor board, a multispecialty team of medical experts who take into account all of the complex factors involved in order to recommend the best course of treatment for each patient. Chemotherapy may be applied on its own or in combination with other treatment methods, such as radiation therapy and surgery. Oncologists who specialize in lung cancer will further determine:
- The type of medication – There are several different chemo drugs available, with the most commonly recommended ones being cisplatin, etoposide and carboplatin.
- The schedule of treatment – Since chemotherapy is often applied in cycles, the number of treatments and time between treatments can vary depending on the patient’s condition.
- The appropriate dosage – The strength of the medication, which can be adjusted over time, should aim to destroy the most cancer cells possible while minimizing side effects.
To help make chemotherapy for lung cancer more accessible to individuals from St. Petersburg, FL, and other out-of-town areas, we can provide assistance finding nearby accommodations that allow our patients to recover comfortably closer to our cancer center. We have partnered with a number of hotels that offer discounted rates to our patients and provide shuttle service to and from Moffitt.
If you’d like to learn more about receiving comprehensive lung cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center, fill out a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488 . We welcome patients from St. Petersburg, FL, and do not require a referral to schedule an appointment.