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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is responsible for most of the world's cancer deaths, but the right team can make all the difference. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer, our goals are to provide you with the most advanced, effective treatments possible and to support you throughout the process.

Lung cancer is the development of abnormal (malignant) cells in the tissues of the lungs - spongy, cone-shaped organs in the chest that help you breathe. Our goal is to provide you with the most advanced, effective treatments and to help you to cope with your lung cancer diagnosis.

  • Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women. 
  • Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. Up to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking.
  • Older people are more likely to develop lung cancer. According the American Cancer Society, about 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.

Multidisciplinary Care

At Sibley, we assemble a multidisciplinary team to fully assess your condition and plan treatment. Each team member is an expert in a specific component of lung cancer treatment. This group of individual experts pool their knowledge and experience to create a comprehensive treatment plan focusing on your specific diagnosis and needs, using the best methods available.

The components of this team include :


Lung cancer may be treated with surgery, chemotherapy or other medications, radiation therapy, local treatments such as laser therapy, or a combination of treatments. The specific types of treatment for lung cancer will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Age, overall health and medical history
  • The type of lung cancer
  • The stage of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

Dr. Ben Levy: The Mission is to Lead

Lung cancer specialist Benjamin Levy, M.D., has been named the new clinical director of medical oncology and medical director of thoracic oncology for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, D.C


Photo of Dr. Stephen R Broderick, M.D.

Broderick, Stephen R, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Achalasia, Benign Esophageal Conditions, Bronchoscopy, Chest Wall Reconstruction, Chest Wall Tumors, Esophageal Surgery, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Surgery, Lung Nodules, Paraesophageal Hernia, Thoracic Surgery
Photo of Dr. Benjamin Philip Levy, M.D.

Levy, Benjamin Philip, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Clinical Director of Medical Oncology, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Head and Neck Cancers, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Thymic Carcinoma