Lung cancer and mesothelioma treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy, depending on the type, stage, and location of the tumor. The Perlmutter Cancer Center offers minimally invasive surgical approaches, state-of-the-art chemotherapy regimens, and finely focused radiation therapy for these cancers. For example, radiation oncologists use a technique called "gating" to evaluate the degree to which a tumor moves during respiration, and this motion is accounted for when planning radiation treatment.
The Perlmutter Cancer Center offers combination positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) scanning to assess suspected lung nodules in patients. Other novel diagnostic and treatment techniques available through NYU's Thoracic Oncology Program include:
Autofluorescence Bronchoscopy 
Improved detection of lung cancer using the Onco-LIFE™ Endoscopic Light Source and Video Camera.
Endobronchial Ultrasound 
Minimally invasive approach to lymph node biopsy that requires no overnight stay.
Radiofrequency Ablation 
Minimally invasive technique for treating lung tumors.
Photodynamic Therapy 
Two-part process for treating lung cancer, esophageal cancers, and Barrett's Esophagus.
Endobronchial Stenting 
Means of providing an unobstructed airway using either plastic or metal stents.
Endoesophageal Stenting 
Means of providing an unobstructed esophagus for patients suffering cancer, trauma, or other conditions.