Hoag Lung Cancer Program

When it comes to facing lung cancer, at Hoag, you are not alone. By choosing Hoag, you partner with the right medical team with the most experience, coupled with the latest treatment options and access to innovative clinical trials and research. With Hoag, you can put your trust in us and focus on what’s important – your health. Led by a top-ranked, sub-specialized team of experts, Hoag Family Cancer Institute diagnoses and treats more lung cancer patients than any other hospital in Orange County.


Advanced Diagnostics, Treatments, Research & Experience

When It Comes To Beating Lung Cancer, You Are Not Alone

Hoag’s unparalleled expertise, groundbreaking research and range of treatment options enable us to deliver a treatment plan designed for each person. 

World-Class Lung Cancer Team

At Hoag, we offer you a team of dedicated experts to help conquer cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional pulmonologists and other cancer specialists provides you with a comprehensive approach to help you survive cancer, heal and move forward with your life. 

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OC’s Only Practicing Fellowship-Trained Interventional Pulmonologist

Our expert team boasts the only interventional pulmonologist in Orange County, who is triple board-certified and has specialized expertise in robotic and minimally invasive approaches.

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Now Offering Cios Spin®, a Groundbreaking Diagnostics Tool

Hoag continues to introduce the most advanced diagnostics and treatment options available for lung cancer. In fact, Hoag is the first hospital in Orange County to offer Cios Spin®, a technology that diagnoses lung cancer earlier, more accurately and less invasively – so you can get back to your life that much sooner.

Our innovative diagnosis and treatment technologies include:

  • Cios Spin
  • The Ion Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy Platform
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Ion Navigational Bronchoscopy

Learn more about Cios Spin and Other Advanced Diagnostic & Treatment Options at Hoag

OC’s Robotic Surgery Experts for Lung Cancer

Hoag’s robotic program offers state-of-the-art technology and expertly trained, board-certified lung cancer surgeons.

Our robotic surgical options for lung cancer offer many benefits:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Enhanced precision
  • Improved dexterity
  • Reduced complications
  • Shorter recovery time

Learn More About Lung Cancer Surgical Options at Hoag

Defying the Odds with Early-Phase Clinical Trials

Hoag Family Cancer Institute is a leader in lung cancer research, giving patients options that are unavailable at other local hospitals. With an extensive Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program, we offer comprehensive clinical trials for all solid tumor cancers. Our clinical trials in precision medicine, molecular imaging and therapy, and immunotherapy/cell therapy, among others, provide groundbreaking treatments that are helping to beat the odds against lung cancer.

Learn About Enrolling Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer

Most Advanced Radiation Treatment Available

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) delivers a very focused, high dose of radiation to the lung cancer site with the goal of killing all cancer cells in the area. Hoag uses the most advanced radiation treatment available in the U.S. – 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 only the cancer is destroyed.

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Navigating Your Care

Hoag Family Cancer Institute’s dedicated subspecialty clinical nurse navigators are here to support you with resources and connections to providers. They will offer guidance across every aspect of care, from specialists to dieticians, physical and occupational therapists, mental health professionals and other resources. They also support your family, caregivers and loved ones with a full range of services that include psychology, patient education, support groups, social workers, physical and occupational therapy and nutrition counseling.

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Integrated Care & Support Network

Hoag’s integrated care network will support you every step of the way – from an ongoing screening program for your initial concerns to advanced diagnostic and treatment methods to comprehensive support services addressing every aspect of your care. We begin by providing an individualized treatment plan, designed by experts who specialize in your specific type and stage of cancer.

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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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World-Class Cancer Treatment. Right here in OC.

Hoag is the top choice for cancer care in Orange County, with cancer survival rates that continually exceed national averages. Our dedicated, world-class teams are wholly focused on helping you survive cancer, heal and move forward with your life.

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.