Lung Cancer

We consider excellence in surgery for lung cancer to be at the core of the mission of the Thoracic Surgery service at Stanford. You will be treated at Stanford by thoracic surgeons who are super-specialized in the management of lung cancer and have trained to treat this disease at some of the top thoracic surgery units in the country. We work together with oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists at the Stanford Cancer Center located in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide a comprehensive approach to therapy. We have also been deemed a "high performing hospital" in lung cancer surgery by U.S. News and World Report and received a 3-star (highest) rating for the 2016-2018 reporting period for our pulmonary lobectomy outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Database.

Each year, there are 180,000 new cases of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and although exposure to cigarette smoke is the cause in approximately 90% of cases, there is an increasing incidence of lung cancer in non-smokers.

We consider excellence in surgery for lung cancer to be at the core of the mission of the Thoracic Surgery service at Stanford, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. You will be treated at Stanford by thoracic surgeons who are super-specialized in the management of lung cancer and have trained to treat this disease at some of the top thoracic surgery units in the country. We work together with oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists at the Stanford Cancer Center to provide a comprehensive approach to therapy. Our surgeons are surgical lung cancer specialists who are specially trained to perform all of the different types of lung cancer resections that might be required – with the lowest risk and greatest chance of cure. Several studies have now demonstrated that risks are lower and cure rates higher when lung cancer procedures are performed by surgeons, such as those at Stanford, who are specialized in these techniques. We count among our surgeons some of the most experienced lung cancer surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area and the country. We have also been deemed a "high performing hospital" in lung cancer surgery by U.S. News and World Report and received a 3-star (highest) rating for the 2016-2018 reporting period for our pulmonary lobectomy outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Database.

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons for any of these problems, please call (650) 498-6000 and ask for the Thoracic Surgery new patient coordinator, or call (650) 721-2086.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California. For more information about our services, please contact Donna Yoshida at (650) 721-2086 or Angela Lee, RN, MS, at (650) 721-5402. For new patient Thoracic Surgery Clinic Scheduling, please call (650) 498-6000.