Expertise and rankings

Dr. Wigle confers with a colleague during a procedure

Each year, close to 5,000 people with lung cancer receive care at Mayo Clinic. This experience means Mayo Clinic is one of the best hospitals to treat lung cancer, as your doctors are equipped with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need. Mayo Clinic lung cancer specialists have experience treating all types and stages of lung cancer, including rare types and multifocal lung cancers.

Research shows that people who are treated for lung cancer at medical centers that treat many cases of lung cancer have better outcomes than do people treated at medical centers that treat fewer cases. Mayo Clinic has extensive experience caring for people with lung cancer — and people treated at Mayo Clinic have shown superior survival rates.

Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeons perform more than 900 minimally invasive lung operations every year. Studies show that hospitals with high surgical volumes have higher success rates and improved outcomes, including reduced post-surgical pain, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications.

Mayo Clinic pulmonologists perform thousands of bronchoscopies a year, including hundreds of lung cancer staging procedures.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and pulmonology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and highly performing for pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report.

Making care better

Many Mayo Clinic doctors are also scientists, which means they are constantly striving to improve care and applying the latest technologies and treatment methods to their care.

At Mayo Clinic, cancer care is delivered through the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, which the National Cancer Institute recognizes as a comprehensive cancer center. This means Mayo Clinic cancer specialists perform exceptional research and use a multispecialty approach to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, which recognizes high-quality cancer treatment programs that provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care.

Through the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and research cooperatives, such as the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, people with cancer can gain access to the latest lung cancer clinical trials when their condition warrants it.

Nov. 20, 2020