Lung cancer care in Northern Virginia

At Reston Hospital Center, we offer the latest procedures for screening, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer—all focused on enhancing your quality of life. In fact, our lung cancer program received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

For more information about our lung cancer program, please call (703) 689-9379.

Lung cancer is the most common cancer originating in the thoracic cavity, and it often starts in the cells lining the air passages. Two primary types of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell, grow differently and require different treatments.

Tobacco smoking remains the primary cause of lung cancer, although anyone–even nonsmokers–can contract the disease from some combination of genetics, radon or asbestos exposure, air pollution or secondhand tobacco smoke.

Our lung cancer program


Reston Hospital's oncology program is accredited by the ACoS's Commission on Cancer (CoC).

We offer comprehensive cancer care, including rehabilitation services to help improve your quality of life and a variety of cancer support resources to provide encouragement and guidance.

Our multispecialty approach to care provides you with a dedicated team of diverse clinical professionals, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgical oncologists and pulmonary care specialists.

This team gets to know you as an individual and works together to create a comprehensive plan for treatment, recovery and follow-up care tailored to your specific needs.

Lung cancer screening

Early detection remains the key to better outcomes. Screening to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages is important because symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and bloody mucus, may not be apparent until the cancer is very advanced.

The Northern Virginia Thoracic Oncology Program at Reston Hospital's Center for Thoracic & Esophageal Disorders offers the most advanced lung cancer screening practices in the region, including endobronchial ultrasounds and low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans.

We provide consultations prior to screenings and follow-up appointments with one of our lung or thoracic specialists.

Your doctor may recommend a lung cancer screening if you:

  • Are between 55 and 75 years old
  • Are a current or former smoker with 30 or more "pack years" of smoking
  • Have had no incidence of pneumonia for the past 12 weeks
  • Have not had a CT scan in the past year

Health Risk Assessments

Find out how healthy you are by taking our FREE online health risk assessment:

Lung cancer risk assessment

Lung cancer diagnosis

Reston Hospital uses state-of-the-art imaging procedures to diagnose lung cancer, including:

  • Esophageal ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) to help determine the level (stage) of lung cancer
  • Specialized tools for difficult-to-reach distal lesions
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) to assess tumor growth

Lung cancer treatments

Our experienced medical experts treat new and recurring lung tumors with the most advanced and minimally invasive technology, including:

Thoracic oncology nurse navigator

A hallmark of our lung cancer program in Reston is the seamless, coordinated care delivered by our thoracic oncology program coordinator, who also serves as our nurse navigator.

Our nurse navigator provides you with one-on-one guidance and helps coordinate your appointments and arrangements. The thoracic oncology nurse navigator also facilitates communication the physicians involved in your care and serves as your and your family's dedicated point of contact.

Contact our Thoracic Oncology Coordinator at (703) 689-9379.