Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic specialists offer compassionate, comprehensive care to each person considering lung cancer screening.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic lung experts (pulmonologists) work with specialists in radiology, oncology, thoracic surgery and preventive services to provide comprehensive care to those seeking lung cancer screening and those diagnosed with lung cancer. Other experts are included as needed.

This multidisciplinary approach means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic specialists use low-dose imaging technology to ensure you're only exposed to as much radiation as is necessary to complete your imaging test.

If you're diagnosed with lung cancer, your Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that bests suits your needs and goals.

The range of treatments offered to people with lung cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and many types of surgical procedures, such as minimally invasive surgery, surgery to remove a lung (pneumonectomy) and operations intended to relieve pain in situations where lung cancer can't be cured.

For smokers who have struggled to quit, staff in Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center offer caring support and work to help you develop the skills needed to stop using tobacco.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating lung cancers. Doctors draw from their extensive experience interpreting lung CT scans and providing care for people diagnosed with lung cancer in order to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets the strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognize scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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