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Lung Cancer Program


The Lung Cancer Program at St. Joseph’s offers a team approach to lung cancer care. Our program has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer as a best practice model—meaning better care and outcomes for patients. Our experienced specialists are nationally recognized leaders in the treatment of lung cancer.


Comprehensive Lung Cancer Services

We have designed our lung cancer program to allow patients and their families access to comprehensive resources in a single visit, at a single location. St. Joseph’s offers early intervention and supportive care, including social services, dietary, chaplain services, oncology education, advance directive planning and palliative care. Patients also have the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical trials.

Our services, among the largest and most advanced in the Southwest, include:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic technology
  • Minimally invasive and advanced surgical treatments
  • A second-opinion service
  • Supportive care
  • Collaboration with Barrow Neurological Institute for neurological metastatic disease

Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Board

A multidisciplinary board meets once a week to discuss individual patient cases for thoracictumors, such as lung and esophageal cancers. This board, sanctified by the American College of Surgeons, is made up of medical professionals that include thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, geneticists and dietitians. With feedback from each specialty, the tumor board creates an individual treatment plan for each patient.

Genetic Testing

The lung cancer program includes genetic testing, in which tumors and other tissues are tested to see which genetic markers are expressed. This unique approach to personalized medicine helps physicians determine what chemotherapy will be most effective for each patient.

Lung Cancer Support Group

A lung cancer support group is open to lung cancer patients and their loved ones. This group meets monthly to share experiences and discuss common issues and concerns. For more information, please call 602-712-1006.

Lung Cancer Team

St. Joseph’s Lung Cancer Program is comprised of a team of five general thoracic surgeons—available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—and a dedicated support staff. Our surgeons perform thoracic surgery, esophageal surgery, mediastinal surgery and lung transplantation. In fact, we are the largest dedicated thoracic group in the Southwest.

Lung Cancer Treatment Options

Lung cancer treatments have become more sophisticated and less invasive. Early detection is available through unique diagnostic tools and new imaging processes. Treatment options at St. Joseph’s include:

  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • State-of-the-art radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Lung Cancer Research

St. Joseph’s Lung Cancer Program places a heavy emphasis on research—both basic science research into the mechanisms of the disease, as well as participation in clinical trials.

  • We are performing a study in collaboration with the Translational Genomics Institute (TGen) aiming to understand which tumors will respond to which chemotherapy agents, and to understand how we can develop further drugs aimed at specific tumors.
  • In our research laboratory, Dr. Landon Inge is studying the mechanisms of action of a tumor suppressor gene, the LKB1 gene, and how mutations of this gene affect response to various treatments.

Learn More About Our Lung Cancer Program

For more information or to find a lung cancer specialist, please call 602-406-7564.

John and Doris Norton Thoracic Institute 
Thoracic Oncology Program
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
500 W. Thomas Road, Suite 500
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

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