Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in America, with over 220,000 new cases each year.

If you suspect you have lung cancer, if you've already been diagnosed, or if you've been told you're at high risk of developing the disease, talk to us. It's important to take action as quickly as possible. Our world-class team of lung cancer specialists can walk you through the process, address your concerns, and create a personalized treatment plan designed to give you the best possible results.

At City of Hope, we treat the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, comprehensive and compassionate care. Our lung cancer team has pioneered state-of-the-art regimens and procedures that eradicate cancer while minimizing side effects. We bring together a broad array of lung cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:

Plus, your care continues long after treatment, with our unique family and survivorship programs.

City of Hope is nationally recognized as a leader in the research and treatment of lung cancer. We are one of the few facilities designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

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Learn more about the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program

Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned lung cancer and thoracic physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. Call 800-826-HOPE or go online to request an appointment.

Joe Chao, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
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Samuel W. Chung, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology
Mihaela C. Cristea, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Fekrazad-Mohammad Houman
M. Houman Fekrazad, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Jae Y. Kim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Thoracic Surgery
Marianna Koczywas, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Dan J. Raz, M.D., M.A.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Thoracic Surgery
Karen Reckamp, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Arnold J. Rotter, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Diagnostic Radiology
Sagus Sampath, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Tommy Tong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pathology-Anatomic & Clinical

Success Stories

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Emily, lung cancer survivor

With the burden of cancer greatly lifted, the Taylors are now embarking on their next big adventure of building a family.

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. At City of Hope, we design a lung cancer treatment plan just for you. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art screening, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy options that will deliver the best outcome possible. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Learn more about lung cancer screening from Dan Raz, M.D., co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Program

Clinical Trials

City of Hope is a recognized leader in lung cancer research. There is extensive collaboration between lung cancer clinicians and researchers develop and evaluate new therapies designed to improve survival and quality of life outcomes. City of Hope patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials ranging from new chemotherapy and targeted therapies, hormone therapies, novel surgical techniques and new radiation approaches — all focused on enhancing lung cancer treatment, detection and prevention.

Some of our current research projects include:

  • Our researchers are currently studying markers of metastatic potential within lymph nodes of patients with completely resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This allows them to better understand how the tumor and the immune system interact to facilitate cancer spread. By understanding these mechanisms, targeted molecules can then be developed to block tumor metastasis and improve survival.
  • As we gain knowledge into the biology of lung cancer, our clinicians have also incorporated the evaluation of biomarkers into our trials to better tailor therapies to our patients, particularly those with advanced disease.
  • The signaling pathway cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) plays a key role in lung tumor growth, spread and therapy resistance, so our researchers developed a drug trial to see if the COX-2 inhibitor, celecoxib, can improve outcomes by enhancing the effectiveness of another lung cancer drug.
  • Patients with advanced lung cancer frequently have immune system abnormalities, including depletion of the B cells and T cells, which make up the body’s defense system. Our researchers have identified a compound in shiitake mushrooms called beta-glucans that can enhance immune system activity, and City of Hope is conducting a trial to see if it can slow or halt tumor growth in lung cancer patients.
  • Because lung cancer patients are often present with advanced disease that compromises their quality of life, City of Hope researchers are continually investigating and implementing interventions that can support patients and their families through supportive and palliative care.


When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step in your lung cancer treatment. Find answers to concerns such as:

  • Pain management
  • Side effects
  • Quitting smoking
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation to improve breathing
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual health
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family stress

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Do you know what's in cigarette smoke? Find out by watching the video below and downloading our What's in Cigarette Smoke? infographic.

Support the Lung Cancer Program

We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of lung cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.

For more information on supporting the Lung and Thoracic Cancer Program, please contact Donor Relations. Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.

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