USC Lung Cancer Program

The Lung Cancer Program at USC Norris Cancer Hospital, a part of the Keck Medical Center of USC, offers patients with known or suspected lung cancer access to a comprehensive multidisciplinary team of specialists for truly personalized care.

Experts in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and pulmonology convene in a weekly multispecialty clinic that allows patients to be seen by the appropriate specialists in one visit. Patients also benefit from a dedicated thoracic interventional radiologist and expert lung pathologist. We also provide a nurse navigator to assist patients from the initial phone call to the first appointment, and through the subsequent follow-up visits.

Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. That’s because most people with the disease are diagnosed after the cancer has already become advanced. The Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Program at the Keck Medical Center of USC is fighting to change that, which is why we are offering low-dose CT (LDCT) scans of the chest for lung cancer screening at a reduced cost of $99 (find more information here).

Our doctors are widely recognized, appearing on respected national and regional lists, including, Best Doctors, Super Doctors, Pasadena Magazine's Top Doctors, U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors.


Our Services

The Lung Cancer Program at USC offers the most advanced technology in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer available, with many services that aren't offered elsewhere in Southern California. Among our comprehensive services we provide:

  • Lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals using low-dose CT scans
  • CT–guided core needle biopsy of lung tumors
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy or superDimension® for biopsy of nodules
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for incisionless biopsy of lymph nodes
  • Robotic lung resection with da Vinci® surgical robot
  • Aggressive, multispecialty treatment for advanced tumors
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy with Cyberknife®
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with image guidance (IGRT) for precise radiation delivery
  • CT–guided thermal ablation of tumors
  • Personalized chemotherapy and targeted molecular therapy
  • Clinical trials for patients of all stages, I through IV

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Postoperative and intensive care unit services are carried out in one of the most intimate yet sophisticated cancer specialty hospitals on the West Coast. The hospital's services include some of the latest in imaging and radiology techniques, laboratory facilities and information systems.