Hoag Lung Cancer Program

Diagnosed with lung cancer? With Hoag on your team, you can breathe a little easier when fighting this disease. Hoag performs more minimally-invasive, robotic-assisted surgeries than any other medical team in Orange County, for a lower risk of complications, shorter hospital stay, less pain and a faster recovery. When you are facing lung cancer, turn to Hoag to be by your side for comprehensive care.


Advanced Diagnostics, Treatments, Research & Experience

Orange County's Lung Cancer Robotic Surgery Experts

Hoag is a designated Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS). As Orange County’s highest surgical volume program for lung cancer, Hoag is a renowned leader in this advanced field of medicine. This is made evident by U.S. News & World Report ranking Hoag as a high-performing hospital in lung cancer surgery. You can trust Hoag for your lung cancer care.

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Interventional Pulmonology

Hoag’s board-certified interventional pulmonology team includes Javier A. Longoria, M.D., the area’s only practicing Interventional Pulmonologist. Our innovative technology and treatments include:

The Ion Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy Platform, as one of the few Interventional Pulmonology programs in the U.S. to offer this technology, this robot-enabled technique allows for safe, minimally-invasive collection of tissue samples for biopsy.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), a minimally-invasive procedure used to obtain lymph node tissue samples for biopsy without conventional surgery.

Ion Navigational Bronchoscopy, a recent innovation that extends the conventional bronchoscope, providing doctors with better views of cancerous lesions deep in the lungs.

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Leader in Lung Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

Hoag Family Cancer Institute is a leader in lung cancer research giving patients options not available at other hospitals in the area.

Our groundbreaking clinical trials in precision medicine, molecular imaging and therapy, immunotherapy/cell therapy and other Phase I-IV clinical trials are changing lives in Orange County and beyond.

Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) delivers a very focused, high dose of radiation to the lung cancer site with a goal of killing all of the cancer cells in the area. Hoag uses the most advanced radiation treatment available in the United States – the ViewRay MRIdian™ linear accelerator. This technology combined with an exceptional level of expertise allows our radiation oncology team to precisely capture real-time, high resolution images of a patient’s tumor during treatment to ensure cancer is destroyed, not healthy tissue.

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Meet Our Specialized Lung Cancer Team

Our world-class team of top-ranked oncologists, surgeons, scientists, nurse navigators, radiation oncologists, pathologists, therapists, pharmacists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists and more work shoulder to shoulder to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Team

You Are Not Alone.

No one should face lung cancer alone and Hoag wraps itself around every patient with an all-inclusive offering of care and support. From site-specific nurse navigators to a tranquil infusion infusion setting, as well as a full suite of integrated wellness services, Hoag provides all of the care you need nearby in Orange County.

Lung Cancer Education and Supportive Care


All-Inclusive Cancer Care Nearby in Orange County

Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian 1 Hoag Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Hoag Cancer Center Irvine
Hoag Health Center Irvine-Sand Canyon 16105 Sand Canyon Ave. Irvine, CA 92618

Marilyn Herbert Hausman Advanced Technology Pavilion
Lower campus of Hoag Hospital Newport Beach 1 Hoag Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92663

Hoag Medical Oncology – Huntington Beach
19582 Beach Boulevard, Suite 219, Huntington Beach, CA, USA


What is your Lung Cancer risk?

Take our online health risk assessment to discover your lung cancer risks. After taking this assessment you’ll get more information on what your next steps should be.

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Early Lung Cancer Screening Program

Hoag Family Cancer Institute recommends annual, low dose chest CT screening for patients who qualify, as recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, along with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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Lung Cancer Care at Hoag

In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named less than 5% of hospitals they surveyed nationwide as "High Performing" in lung cancer surgery. There are many reasons why one of those hospitals is Hoag. Patient-centered care, award-winning services ranging from a lung cancer screening program for early detection to interventional diagnostics to robotic surgery to medical oncology to radiation oncology procedures. A world-class team of thoracic surgeons, interventionalists and oncologists, committed to making lung cancer a disease of the past. That's lung cancer care at Hoag.

What is lung cancer? 

Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs, the main respiratory organs of the body. It can sometimes spread to other organs and lymph nodes. Today, lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, according to the CDC.  

The are two main types of lung cancer: 

  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC), includes two types that include many different types of cells. This type accounts for 15 percent of lung cancer cases. The cancer cells of each type grow and spread in different ways. The types of small cell lung cancer are named for the kinds of cells found in the cancer and how the cells look when viewed under a microscope:
    • Small Cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer)
    • Combined small cell carcinoma
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of lung cancer cases. Subtypes of NSCLC include adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large cell carcinoma  

Several common cancers that begin elsewhere in the body can spread (or metastasize) to the lungs, including skin, breast, kidney and pancreas cancers.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

The symptoms of lung cancer can be different for every patient, and vary based on how advanced the cancer is. Common symptoms can include:

  • Recurring bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the chest
  • Chest pain
  • A constant or recurring cough
  • A raspy or hoarse speaking voice
  • Wheezing
  • Unexplained shortness of breath 

In more advanced lung cancer cases, symptoms may include: 

  • Unexplained fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss 
  • Coughing up blood, or mucus that’s reddish brown
  • Recurring headaches that can be severe
  • Moderate to severe aches in the bones and chest
  • Pleural effusion, a condition in which fluid accumulates in the chest cavity around the cancerous lung

What are the risk factors for lung cancer?

There are several risk factors that are believed to increase your risk of developing lung cancers. These include: 

  • Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, with most cases of lung cancer being due to tobacco use.
  • Exposure to radon, a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can seep into and accumulate in homes and workplaces over time
  • Exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was once used extensively in residential and commercial insulation and is still found in many older buildings. 
  • Previously having lung cancer
  • A family history of lung cancer
  • Previous radiation therapy to the chest

How can I reduce my risk of developing lung cancer? 

Ways to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer include:

  • Quit smoking and encourage smokers you might live with to not expose you and others to secondhand smoke. Hoag offers a smoking cessation class to support your efforts to quit smoking.
  • Avoiding radon, including having your home professionally checked. Almost every state in the U.S. has some level of radon. The top ten states with highest average radon concentrations are Alaska, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Kentucky, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Iowa. 
  • Avoiding asbestos, including wearing proper protective gear when working around known asbestos and having older buildings and homes checked for asbestos prior to beginning any demolition or renovation work.

Are there any screening programs at Hoag?

Yes, early lung cancer screening is available at Hoag.

If you are concerned about lung cancer due to a long history of heavy smoking, Hoag’s Early Lung Cancer Screening Program might be right for you. This groundbreaking program catches lung cancer in high-risk patients earlier through annual, low-dose CT screenings for heavy smokers or former heavy smokers between 50-77 years of age. Some private insurance plans and Medicare pay for this vital preventative screening.