Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in Americans. Each year about 165,000 people receive a new diagnosis. With advances in early detection and new treatment options, many of these people can be cured.
Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience caring for people with lung cancer. Each year more than 4,900 people with lung cancer receive care at Mayo Clinic. The Lung Cancer Clinic evaluates people with lung nodules, masses, tumors or fluid around the lung (pleural effusion). Some of these problems may turn out to result from lung cancer.
Collaborative care focused on you
People who come to the Lung Cancer Clinic are cared for by a dedicated team of doctors, physician assistants, nurses and scientists focused on the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of people with lung cancer.
Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary team approach means that your doctor works with you and specialists in other fields to develop an individualized treatment plan and ensure all your questions are answered. This team may include experts in oncology, radiation oncology, thoracic surgery, radiology and pathology.
Accurate diagnosis the first time
At the Lung Cancer Clinic, you'll undergo examination and evaluation with the most up-to-date technology available to help ensure your diagnosis is accurate the first time. Your tests may include conventional chest X-rays and CT, MRI or PET scans. Mayo Clinic pulmonary physicians have expertise in flexible and rigid bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor will help decide which diagnostic tests are best for you.
A full range of treatment options
Mayo Clinic doctors will review your treatment options with you and help you choose the best approach for you.
The treatment of lung cancer varies based on type and stage of disease. Some people receive chemotherapy; others may be treated with radiation therapy or surgery. Some need all three. You and your care team will develop a treatment plan based on your needs and goals and the results of your diagnostic tests, the stage of your cancer and whether you have other conditions, such as emphysema or heart disease.
Lung cancer screening and Nicotine Dependence Program
Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota offer a lung cancer screening program. The screening can be done annually with a low-dose CT scan. Eligibility criteria include:
- Ages 55 to 77
- History of smoking 30 packs of cigarettes a year
- Currently smoking or stopped within the past 15 years
- No signs or symptoms consistent with existing cancer
Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a full-featured smoking cessation program.
You may be referred by your primary doctor, or you may make an appointment without a referral. Availability of services may vary among Mayo Clinic locations. Please confirm when you call to request an appointment.
For appointments or more information about the Lung Cancer Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain time, Monday through Friday, or complete an online appointment request form.
For more information about lung cancer appointments at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or complete an online appointment request form.
For appointments or more information about the Lung Cancer Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota, call the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at 507-284-2079 or the Center for Sleep Medicine at 507-266-7456 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday, or complete an online appointment request form.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report.