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Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are studying innovative ways to diagnose and treat lung cancer.

Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers are actively studying ways to improve care for people with lung cancer. Examples include:

  • Improving early diagnosis. Mayo Clinic doctors are investigating ways to make lung cancer screening programs more effective by expanding the understanding of lung cancer risk and developing new tests, including blood tests, that could supplement imaging tests.
  • Making surgery less invasive. Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeons are devising less-invasive techniques that lead to faster healing and less pain, including microlobectomy and robotic surgery.
  • Developing new targets for systemic therapy. Mayo Clinic doctors are studying lung cancer cells in order to develop new ways of targeting treatments. Mayo Clinic researchers made an important discovery that lead to immunotherapy treatments called immune checkpoint inhibitors that have revolutionized care for people with metastatic lung cancer.

Lung cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more about lung cancer research:


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on lung cancer on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Research Profiles

Lung cancer care at Mayo Clinic

March 13, 2018