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From diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, MD Anderson's Thoracic Center gives you comprehensive lung cancer care every step of the way.

From diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, MD Anderson's Thoracic Center gives you comprehensive lung cancer care every step of the way.

Oncologist George Simon, M.D., FACP, FCCP, examines one of his patients. Dr. Simon specializes in targeted therapies to improve outcomes for patients with small cell and non-small cell lung cancers.

Everything changes after cancer. I just live in the moment. I just live for the special times.

Pamela Bowman

Survivor

Some of the nation's top lung cancer experts focus their extraordinary expertise on you. They work together closely to ensure you receive the most advanced personalized care with the least impact on your body.

And our experts have at their fingertips the latest cutting-edge technology and techniques to treat lung cancer, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Innovative radiotherapy planning and delivery techniques
  • One of the few proton therapy centers in the country with experience treating lung cancer
  • A wide range of clinical trials for all stages and types of lung cancer

Because your peace of mind is important to us, we specialize in techniques and therapies than can help preserve lung function.

We're often able to offer hope for lung cancer that elsewhere might be considered inoperable, and we've developed special techniques for treating cancers that have invaded the spinal column.

Leading-edge Research

MD Anderson is proud to be one of the few cancer centers in the nation to house a prestigious federally funded lung cancer SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) program. As one of the world's largest cancer research centers, MD Anderson is leading the investigation into new methods of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. Each patient benefits from the most advanced research, delivered as rapidly as possible.

MD Anderson has helped advance the treatment of lung cancer in many areas. Our research has helped:

  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of paclitaxel (Taxol) for certain types of lung cancer
  • Pioneer neoadjuvant (before surgery) chemotherapy
  • Identify gene variants that influence lung cancer risk
  • Discover nanoparticles that deliver drugs to lung cancer that is resistant to treatment
  • Establish activity of novel biologic therapies that target specific types of tumors
  • Develop four-dimensional simulation techniques to target lung cancer
  • Pioneer ways to reduce damage to normal tissue during proton therapy and IMRT
  • Discover a way to combine chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat lung cancer
MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center

Facts

Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about lung cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Lung cancer facts

Did You Know?

Our Kim's Place is a tribute to Kim Perrot, a guard for the WNBA Houston Comets, who died of lung cancer at the age of 32.

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Lung cancer symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Lung cancer diagnosis

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Lung cancer treatment

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be
found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about lung cancer in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.
 

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.
 

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

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