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Conditions We Treat: Rare Lung Cancers

Mediastinal and carcinoid lung cancers are rare lung cancers. These types of cancers account for about 5 percent of lung cancer cases. Most tumors associated with rare lung cancers grow slowly and rarely spread. Our lung cancer specialists have extensive expertise and experience treating these rare lung cancers. 

Rare Lung Cancers: What You Need to Know

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  • Carcinoid tumors are rare cancers that most often appear in the stomach or intestines, but sometimes start in the lung.
  • We often treat lung carcinoid tumors with surgery. We may also recommend chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment in combination with surgery for more advanced cancer.
  • Mediastinal tumors are rare tumors that develop in the mediastinum, the area of the chest that separates the lungs. Some are noncancerous, while others are cancerous.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of rare lung cancers?


Our Physicians

Our lung cancer specialists are experts in their field, innovating groundbreaking techniques to advance the treatment of lung cancers including rare lung cancers.

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Our Research

The Johns Hopkins Lung Cancer Program is one of the nation’s top centers for diagnosing, treating and researching lung cancer.

Learn more about our research and clinical trials.


Our Treatments

When a patient’s lung cancer screening test leads to a diagnosis of lung cancer, we’re ready to help with a top team of specialists who have extensive experience in all aspects of lung cancer care, including surgery,chemotherapytargeted cancer therapiesinterventional pulmonology and radiation therapy.

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Our Locations

  • Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus - (410)-955-LUNG (5864)
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  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital - (410)-955-LUNG (5864)
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  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. - (202)-660-6500
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