We're a Leader in Fighting Lung Cancer

We're a Leader in Fighting Lung Cancer

Fighting Lung Cancer

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and nationally recognized for our lung cancer research and care, City of Hope annually conducts hundreds of clinical trials, including those for lung cancer surgical procedures unavailable anywhere else in the world. Every discovery we make and every new treatment we create gives our patients the chance to live longer, better and more fully.

For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named us one of the top cancer hospitals in America, as well as a high-performing hospital for lung cancer surgery.

  • We offer cancer care with compassion and superior survival outcomes, which is why we regularly take on complex lung cancer cases — including those deemed untreatable at other facilities.
  • Patients have access to a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of lung cancer specialists such as medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, researchers and other health professionals at locations serving the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles and Orange counties.
  • We offer advanced surgical techniques, including robotic thoracic surgery and minimally invasive techniques.
  • We’re a national leader in precision medicine—and our medical oncology program continues to find new and innovative ways to identify the best personalized, patient-centered therapies.
  • Our Interventional Pulmonology Program provides the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions available, including rigid bronchoscopy, medical pleuroscopy and robot-assisted bronchoscopy.
  • Our team of thoracic specialists combines its deep expertise with advanced screening technology to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis — leading to the most effective treatment.
  • We offer comprehensive support services for our patients and their families, from diagnosis to remission and beyond.
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If you're a physician, we make it easy for you to refer a patient to City of Hope and partner with you to keep you involved in your patient’s ongoing care.

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Superior Outcomes

Our collaborative approach, combined with our dedication to advancing cancer care, results in superior lung cancer survival outcomes compared to SEER LA data, making us one of the best choices for lung cancer treatment in the region.

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Meet Our Lung and Thoracic Doctors
Erminia Massarelli, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Erminia Massarelli, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Medical Oncologist
Erminia Massarelli, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is the co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, a medical oncologist, and an associate clinical professor with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating head and neck, lung, and thoracic cancers. Video Learn More
Dan J. Raz, M.D., M.A.S.
Dan J. Raz, M.D., M.A.S.
Thoracic Surgeon
Dan Raz, M.D., M.A.S., is the co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program and an associate clinical professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Raz specializes in esophageal and lung cancer surgery – and in raising public awareness about cancer risks. Video Learn More
Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D.
Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Oncologist
Ravi Salgia M.D., Ph.D., is the Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology at City of Hope and an expert in the study and treatment of lung cancer, mesothelioma, thoracic and thymic malignancies, and bronchial carcinoids. Video Learn More
Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D.
Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D.
Thoracic Surgeon
Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D., is a thoracic surgeon and an assistant professor in City of Hope's Division of Thoracic Surgery. She sees patients with lung, esophageal and mediastinal tumors. Her research focuses on eliminating health inequity in thoracic oncology patients. Video Learn More
Jae Y. Kim, M.D.
Jae Y. Kim, M.D.
Thoracic Surgeon
Jae Y. Kim, M.D., is the chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Kim specializes in esophageal cancer and lung cancer, robotic surgery, mesothelioma and thymoma. Video Learn More
Thomas Waddington, M.D.
Thomas Waddington, M.D.
Pulmonologist
Thomas Waddington, M.D., is a pulmonologist and an assistant clinical professor, specializing in the use of interventional pulmonology to treat lung and thoracic cancers and other serious diseases. Learn More
Supporting Our Patients

Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide, and a diagnosis can be personally daunting for patients and their loved ones. City of Hope offers supportive care services – such as tips, tools and resources on how to address the many physical and emotional issues that can arise during and after treatment.

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Hear From a Survivor

Emily Bennett Taylor was a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor who never smoked.

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Should I Be Screened For Lung Cancer?

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Lung Cancer News And Stories
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