Patient Care

Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center


Our Approach

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Cancer Institute Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center is made up of expert pulmonologists, chest radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, respiratory therapists, experienced oncology nurses and fellowship-trained chest surgeons and meets weekly to discuss and develop a personalized care plan for each patient. 

By combining the extensive, specialized lung cancer treatment experience of our clinicians with the power of scientific discovery, we are able to offer the most advanced care options available—tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

  • Dedicated Thoracic Surgeons

Studies have shown that patients have increased cancer survival and decreased post-operative complications when their surgeries are performed by dedicated thoracic surgeons. UC Health has three dedicated general thoracic surgeons who specialize in lung cancer.

At the UC Cancer Institute, our surgeons are leaders in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques necessary for completing complex chest surgery. Our team is the most experienced  in Greater Cincinnati at performing video-assisted minimally invasive lung cancer procedures. Unlike traditional open chest lung cancer surgery, minimally invasive thoracoscopic lobectomy (VATS lobectomy) does not require rib spreading or a major chest incision. Instead, the tumor is removed through several small incisions in the chest wall.

Dedicated thoracic anesthesiologists and around-the-clock critical care physician coverage at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (formerly University Hospital) offers added support for post-operative care to obtain the best outcomes for patients. 

  • Advanced Technology for More Accurate Staging

We also offer a new lung cancer screening program and advanced diagnostic imaging with dedicated chest radiologists, and image-guided diagnostic biopsy tests, improving the accuracy for diagnosis and staging of chest malignancies. Our team includes the only dedicated fellowship-trained interventional pulmonologists in the area, providing navigational bronchoscopy, and endobronchial ultrasound for identifying and biopsying suspicious lung nodules and lymph nodes. Our team was the first to offer these advanced techniques. We also perform advanced airway interventions for palliation of lung cancer such as stents.

A dedicated pulmonary pathologist brings expertise in molecular and research technology that improves the accuracy of cancer staging and for selection of targeted therapy for our patients—a critical component of successful lung cancer treatment. 

  • State-of-the-Art Treatments

Our team includes dedicated thoracic oncologists with expertise in lung cancer chemotherapy and the selection of newer targeted agents that may benefit patients whose tumors exhibit certain mutations. Our two dedicated lung medical oncologists also participate in national cancer cooperative group clinical trials that offer patients the possibility of improving lung cancer treatment. In addition, we offer novel chemotherapy agents not generally available at other cancer treatment facilities in the area.

Also part of the team, are expert radiation oncologists that use the latest equipment and techniques including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat patients that many not be surgical candidates. Often the best results are obtained when patients undergo a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

  • Leaders in Medicine and Science

Like all UC Cancer Institute-affiliated physicians, our lung cancer specialists are leaders in their field and also serve as faculty members at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, giving them access to the latest scientifically validated medical information to help patients live healthier lives. They also serve as educators for the next generation of physicians in training and provide continuing education opportunities for community physicians.

Recent News

Clinical Trial Examines Use of Human Immune System to Fight Aggressive Lung Cancer

Screening for Lung Cancer Found Effective, Study Shows (Journal-News) (Journal-News)

Lung Cancer Screening at UC Set to Hit Milestone (Cincinnati Enquirer) 

Freezing Out Cancer and Maybe Asthma (WVXU, 91.7 FM)