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Lung Cancer Program

More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. At Johns Hopkins, our goal is to reduce that number every year, working toward a day when no one will die from lung cancer. As we work toward that goal, we also focus our experience and expertise on preventing, screening for, diagnosing, and treating lung cancer in ways that give our patients the best possible prognosis.


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New, Less Invasive Way to Evaluate Lymph Nodes
A new, less invasive way to evaluate lymph nodes in patients at risk of lung cancer is finding more tumors within lymph nodes than previous procedures, says Russell K. Hales, M.D.

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Downloadable Lung Cancer E-Book
This guide will provide essential information about nutrition, support and care management for optimal treatment and recovery. 

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Exercising with Lung Cancer
Research shows that exercise can help combat cancer-related fatigue and improve quality of life, even for people still in treatment.

Our comprehensive program includes:

  • A team of lung cancer experts, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, pulmonary interventionists, nurse practitioners, radiologists, respiratory therapists, palliative care staff, medical informaticists, physical therapists, and nurses.
  • A multidisciplinary clinic that gives patients a one-day treatment planning session with the lung cancer specialists who will be part of their treatment.
  • A screening clinic, which give those at risk of developing lung cancer the tools, information, and support they need to prevent cancer from occurring or to catch it in its earliest stages. Learn more about lung cancer prevention and screening.
  • A research program, which is pioneering new therapies to target the molecular changes in lung cancer that make it grow and spread and examining the use of biomarkers to create personalized therapies for each patient.
  • An emphasis on specialization and depth of experience. The lung cancer program staff is devoted to treating lung cancer. Day in and day out experience adds up to specialization that is rare in cancer treatment. The staff also has multiple opportunities to meet with colleagues across medical disciplines to discuss cases and hear about the latest research, clinical trials, and best practices.
  • A Precision Medicine Center of Excellence with a mission to build a learning health system that delivers a comprehensive clinical and molecular understanding of our lung cancer patients to improve their pathways to diagnosis, enable guideline-driven personalized care, and increase access to translational research.

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus

Take a video tour of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and its state-of-the-art facilities for cancer treatment, part of the only facility in the state of Maryland to earn a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. Meet some of the multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff members who provide comfort and individualized, world-class cancer care to our patients.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Options for Lung Cancer | Dr. Errol Bush

Johns Hopkins thoracic surgeon Errol Bush discusses what surgical options are available for lung cancer patients, the recovery and aesthetic benefits of minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, and when it’s appropriate and why it’s important to be treated at a comprehensive cancer center, such as the Johns Hopkins Lung Cancer Program.