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Lung Cancer

A diagnosis of lung cancer can be frightening. At UC San Diego Health, we’re here to provide you with the best possible care. While there may not be a cure for all types of lung cancer, there are treatments to improve well-being or prolong life. 

Our care team includes medical oncologists who specialize solely in lung cancer; physician researchers who have pioneered innovative treatment for early and advanced-stage lung cancer; and pulmonologists from UC San Diego's Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine program. Our cancer care and pulmonology services are repeatedly ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. We work with radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurse managers, and others who bring their own perspective to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Uniquely Focused on You

What makes your care here unique is our coordinated team approach. Lung cancer is a complex disease, and it is vitally important to take advantage of all possible options, including medical treatment, surgery and radiation oncology.

Our team of highly trained, compassionate providers will oversee your care, following you through initial diagnosis, treatment decisions, specialized procedures, and follow-up. In regularly scheduled lung cancer conferences, your medical oncologist will review your case with other team members, including surgeons, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists (lung specialists), and additional specialists. Your specific medical condition is discussed from all treatment perspectives, and an individualized treatment plan is designed specifically for you.

Because lung cancer is such a life-threatening disease, it is important to receive your care at a top-ranked center. San Diego’s only National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Moores Cancer Center, receives patient referrals from throughout the nation.  

A New Level of Caring

As one of our patients, you’ll have access to our acclaimed support service, where we’ll help you manage symptoms, as well as the many psychological and social problems that can arise – ranging from concerns about appearance and employment, to talking with a spouse or family member.

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Personalized Cancer Care

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At the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, we use genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor cancer treatments to individual patients.