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Thoracic Surgery and Oncology Clinic

The UCSF Thoracic Surgery and Oncology Clinic offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer and other conditions related to the lungs, chest and esophagus. Our team of surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists works together closely to ensure that each patient receives comprehensive care.

Our surgeons are highly skilled in minimally invasive techniques, including robot-assisted surgery, performed at UCSF since 2016. After surgery, patients receive care in our Thoracic Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program. Bringing together a team of experts from different disciplines, this program follows a protocol before, during and after chest surgery that has been shown to decrease complications and improve results.

Our medical oncologists provide leading-edge treatments that are generally more effective and easier on patients than many traditional cancer therapies. These include targeted therapies, which attack the cancer without damaging healthy cells, and immunotherapy, which harnesses the patient's own immune system to fight the cancer. In some cases, we also perform genetic testing of tumors, which can help us choose the most effective treatment plan for individual patients.

During treatment, our patients have access to many support services designed to enhance their overall wellness, such as smoking cessation classes and support groups, nutrition education, mental health care and integrative therapies.

Alongside our commitment to providing excellent patient care, our team is dedicated to finding safer and more effective cancer treatments through research. Interested patients may have the option to receive promising experimental treatments by joining a clinical trial.

Learn more about clinical trials and how they work.

Our locations

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    Lung Cancer Mutations and Treatment Advances

    KRAS is one of the common genetic mutations that cause lung cancer. Watch leading researchers discuss new treatments on the horizon that target this mutation.

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    A Study of SGN-B6A Versus Docetaxel in Previously Treated Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

    The time from date of randomization to date of death due to any cause.


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    Sotorasib Activity in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumors With KRAS p.G12C Mutation (CodeBreak ...


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    A Study of Lazertinib as Monotherapy or in Combination With Amivantamab in Participants With Ad...

    DLTs are defined as certain non-hematologic and hematologic toxicities of Grade 3 or higher.


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    Study of RYZ101 in Combination With SoC in Subjects With SSTR+ ES-SCLC

    RP2D as determined by incidence rate of DLTs


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    Alisertib in Combination With Osimertinib in Metastatic EGFR-mutant Lung Cancer

    The MTD is the highest dose at which no more than one instance of a dose-limiting toxicity is observed among the 6 participants treated.


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    Osimertinib Alone or With Chemotherapy for EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancers

    As the primary endpoint for the treatment comparison, it is the duration of time from randomization to the time of disease progression (in the CNS or systemically) or death. In addition, as a secondary endpoint, PFS is measured fr...


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    Study of Avutometinib (VS-6766) + Adagrasib in KRAS G12C NSCLC Patients

    Assessment of Dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs)


    U.S. News rankings

    • Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • Best in Northern California and No. 7 in the nation for cancer care

    • Best in Northern California and No. 4 in the nation for pulmonology & lung surgery

    • Rated high-performing hospital for lung cancer surgery

    Accreditations & memberships

    • National Cancer Institute

      The National Cancer Institute has designated UCSF a comprehensive cancer center, its highest ranking. This designation is awarded to centers that demonstrate scientific excellence and the ability to conduct cancer research across many disciplines.

    • Commission on Cancer

      UCSF's cancer programs have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1933. The CoC is a consortium of groups dedicated to improving cancer patients' survival and quality of life via research, education and better medical care.

    • National Comprehensive Cancer Network

      UCSF is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s top cancer centers. The network brings together leaders in treatment and research to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care.

    Support services

    Support Group

    Art for Recovery

    Creativity can help people with serious illnesses cope, heal and express what they're going through. Find out about our program and how to join.


    Cancer Exercise Counseling

    Our one-on-one exercise training sessions, customized for your needs and abilities, can complement other cancer treatments and speed your recovery.

    Patient Resource

    Cancer Nutrition Counseling

    UCSF Health offers free nutrition counseling to our patients with cancer, as well as nutrition seminars that are open to anyone. Learn more.

    Support Group

    Cancer Support Groups

    These groups offered by the Ida and Joseph Friend Patient and Family Cancer Support Center are free and available to all patients, whether or not you get your health care at UCSF.


    Core & More Class for Cancer Patients

    A strong body helps you fight cancer and enjoy life. Join this class to stabilize your core, strengthen your muscles and improve overall fitness. For cancer patients and caregivers!

    Patient Resource

    Friend to Friend Specialty Shops

    A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.


    Meditation & Guided Imagery for Cancer Patients

    Drop in for a free class designed to help you heal, relax and find balance during your treatment. UCSF and non-UCSF patients are welcome.

    Patient Resource

    Oncology Social Work

    Social workers offer support, problem-solving, help accessing UCSF cancer-related resources and more. Find out how to contact the social worker for your clinic.

    Patient Resource

    Patient & Family Cancer Support Center

    The center offers wellness programming, community, support groups, classes, workshops and more at no cost to people facing cancer and their loved ones.

    Support Group

    Peer Support Programs for Cancer

    Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, cancer stage, age or gender. Speak to someone who's "been there."

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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    Hospital Stays

    Make your hospital stay as smooth and comfortable as possible by finding out how to prepare and what to expect.

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    Your Doctor Visit

    See our top 10 tips for making your UCSF doctor’s appointment as stress-free and productive as possible.

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    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research

      UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.

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