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.

Our locations

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    Brigatinib and Binimetinib in Treating Patients With Stage IIIB-IV ALK or ROS1-Rearranged Non-s...

    Will be measured by evaluating the number and frequency of adverse events as determined by the National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria for Adverse Events (NCI-CTCAE) version (v)5.0 by investigator's assessment and to de...


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    OCS™ Lung TOP Registry For Donor Lungs for Transplantation

    Primary Effectiveness Endpoint


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    Phase 1/2 Study of LOXO-292 in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors, RET Fusion-Positive Solid T...

    Incidence rate and category of dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) during the first 28-day cycle of LOXO-292 (selpercatinib) treatment


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    Dose-Escalation and Dose-Expansion of RMC-4630 and Cobimetinib in Relapsed/Refractory Solid Tum...

    Incidence, nature, and severity of treatment-emergent AEs and SAEs, graded according to the NCI CTCAE v5 for the combination of RMC-4360 and cobimetinib or RMC-4360 and osimertinib


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    Dose Escalation of RMC-4630 Monotherapy in Relapsed/Refractory Solid Tumors

    Incidence, nature, and severity of treatment-emergent AEs and serious AEs, including incidence and severity of findings in laboratory values and vital signs for RMC-4630 monotherapy


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    Study of Tarloxotinib in Pts With NSCLC (EGFR Exon 20 Insertion, HER2-activating Mutations) & O...

    Objective Response Rate (number of subjects with PR or CR)


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    Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Intercostal Nerve Block Trial

    Measured in Oral Morphine Equivalents


    Awards & recognition

    • Best in Northern California in cancer care

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      Best in Northern California in pulmonology & lung surgery

    • Rated high-performing hospital for lung cancer surgery

    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.

    Support Group

    Cancer Support Groups

    Support groups held 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 and More Class

    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 Gift Shop

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


    Meditation and 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 can be key members of your cancer care team. Reach out for support, problem solving and help accessing UCSF's many cancer-related resources.

    Patient Resource

    Patient and Family Cancer Support Center

    You'll find support groups, classes, a library, treatment information, special events and much more to promote wellness and healing for patients and families.

    Support Group

    Peer Support Program 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."


    Restorative Movement Class

    Explore simple movements that help you feel more powerful and comfortable in your body. This fun and free UCSF class is aimed at those in recovery from cancer.

    Patient Resource

    Spa Infusion

    Pamper yourself while fighting cancer. Free treatments for patients receiving chemotherapy at our Mount Zion campus include massage, acupressure and more.

    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 in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

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    Hospital Stays

    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount

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    Your Doctor Visit

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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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