Women and Lung Cancer

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Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD, Director, Women’s Lung Cancer Program at BWH, explains the significance of lung cancer in women, which accounts for more cancer deaths than breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. She also describes the differences in lung cancer in women versus men in terms of risk factors, lung cancer types and response to lung cancer treatment. 

The Women’s Lung Cancer Program is comprised of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, and social workers. The Program also offers a wide range of support services, including nutritional services, and post-operative services for women undergoing surgical therapy for lung cancer.