UCSF Health's thoracic cancer programs provide state-of-the-art screening, diagnostic and treatment services for lung cancer and other types of chest cancer. Our team includes many types of specialists, such as thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists, all with expertise in thoracic cancer. We work together closely to ensure the best, most comprehensive care for each patient.
We offer leading-edge treatments such as targeted therapies, which attack the cancer without damaging healthy cells, and immunotherapy, which harnesses the patient's own immune system to fight the cancer. For those who need surgery, our surgeons have extensive experience in minimally invasive and robot-assisted techniques. These procedures have many benefits for patients compared with traditional surgery, including a faster recovery, minimal scarring and less postsurgical pain.
As a national leader in cancer research, we are also dedicated to developing innovative new treatment strategies. Many of our patients have the option to participate in clinical trials.
To make it easier for patients to access advanced thoracic cancer care wherever they live, we have locations throughout the Bay Area.
We are part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
U.S. News rankings
Among the top hospitals in the nation
Best in Northern California and No. 7 in the nation for cancer care
No. 8 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.