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Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program

The Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program is a multidisciplinary clinical and scientific group designed to offer a full spectrum of the latest, most advanced treatments for patients with cancer of the lung, pleura and mediastinum.  

The program provides comprehensive and compassionate care to patients through a dedicated team of thoracic surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, nurse navigators, and a nutritionist, who work together to treat patients with cancers originating in the chest and lung (small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer), mesotheliomas, thyomas and upper esophageal cancers.

Lung Cancer Screening

The Program offers lung cancer screening and surveillance for those who are at high risk for developing the disease due primarily to past or current smoking habits and/or a history of chronic lung disease.  Members of the Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program participated in the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), which showed that screening for lung cancer was more effective with a CT scan of the chest rather than with a chest x-ray. Radiologists of the program were participants in this nationwide study and are available to read a patient's low dose screening chest CT if completed at one of the program's radiology offices.

Customized Treatment

Patients of the Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program are evaluated for clinical needs and for surgical, radiation therapy and chemotherapy options as well as opportunities for participation in clinical trials. Multimodality treatments are planned together, and approaches for optimal local control and symptom treatments are designed.

The Latest Clinical Trials

As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients treated at Rutgers Cancer Institute have access to the latest clinical trials and treatment options, some of which are only available at NCI-designated cancer centers.The team is actively involved in developing innovative approaches and participates in national and international clinical trials and works to bring new agents into clinical trials in thoracic cancer.

Click here to view lung cancer clinical trials

Get Help Quitting Tobacco

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey offers an on-site, nationally-recognized tobacco treatment program through the Tobacco Dependence Program.  The Program's experts meet with individuals to discuss tools available to help them quit and work together to develop an individualized plan to stop smoking.

Members of the Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program team are experts in the treatment of advanced disease, regionalized disease and the prevention and screening of lung cancer.  


Headshot of Missak HaigentzMissak Haigentz, Jr., MD, Chief, Thoracic Medical Oncology; Chief, Head/Neck Medical Oncology
John Langenfeld, MD, Director Lung Cancer / Thoracic Program and Thoracic Surgeon 

Medical Oncologists

Headshot of Missak HaigentzMissak Haigentz, Jr., MD, Chief, Thoracic Medical Oncology; Chief, Head/Neck Medical Oncology
Headshot of Eshan PatelEshan Patel, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist


John Langenfeld, MD, Director Lung Cancer / Thoracic Program and Thoracic Surgeon
Lee Gerson, MD, Thoracic Surgeon
Kontopidis headshotIoannis Kontopidis, MDThoracic Surgeon
Medina headshotBenjamin Medina, MDThoracic Surgeon

Radiologist and Radiation Oncologists

Headshot of Dr. DeekMatthew Pierre Deek, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Salma Jabbour, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Judith Amorosa, MD, Radiologist


Sabiha Hussain, MD, Pulmonologist

Advanced Practice Provider

Catherine Cruz MSN, APN-C, Advanced Practice Nurse

Nurses and Support Services

Yolanda Asturias, RN, Registered Nurse
Angela Landi, Nurse Clinician
Michael Steinberg, MD, Director, Tobacco Dependence Program
Rosemarie Slirzewski, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker


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