Experts in Lung and Thoracic Cancers

The Thoracic Cancer team at Stanford Cancer Center has deep experience in treating both early stage and complex cases of lung cancer. Our specialists will use state-of the-art diagnostics to rapidly assess your cancer. With new knowledge about the genetic makeup of tumor types, our team can provide a personalized treatment plan that matches your needs, and offers the lowest risk and greatest chance of cure.

Thoracic Cancer Program
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here
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875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Lung and Thoracic Cancers

Stanford Expertise: Medical Innovation in a Compassionate Care Setting

Thoracic and lung cancer patients benefit from the most advanced care available at Stanford, including:

  • Weekly multispecialty tumor board of lung cancer experts to review complex cases and develop optimal treatment plans
  • Multidisciplinary treatment for locally advanced lung cancer
  • Emphasis on minimally invasive surgical procedures, led by our highly specialized thoracic surgeons
  • Image-guided 4-D radiation therapy for more advanced lung cancers confined to the chest, usually in combination with chemotherapy
  • New targeted therapies aimed at lung tumors with specific mutations (e.g., erlotinib, other experimental agents)
  • Clinical trials, including immune therapy, targeted agents and combination trials with surgery, radiation and drug therapy
  • Palliative care program for pain management, side effects and other symptomatic relief measures
  • Pulmonary nodule clinic, including diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of previously identified or suspected lung nodules

Clinical Trials

Clinical research highlights

The Stanford Thoracic Cancer team is engaged in cutting-edge research and offers a wide number and variety of clinical trials incorporating novel treatments for both early and advanced-stage lung cancers, including:

  • Combination trials with surgery, radiation and drug therapy
  • Immune therapy (cancer vaccine) as an adjuvant to surgery
  • Dendritic cell vaccines and autologous tumor cell vaccines
  • New combinations of oral agents that counteract resistance to targeted therapies
  • Advanced imaging, motion control and delivery of radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy and targeted inhibitors for lung cancer metastases to the brain
  • Molecular analysis of lung and thymic tumors

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all thoracic and lung cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.

For Patients


Review the New Patient Packet for information about:

  • What to expect on the day of your appointment
  • Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
  • Other patient resources

Bring completed forms found in the Thoracic New Patient Letter.


Please fax the Medical Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical release form is an authorization form for external facilities to release medical records to Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics). 

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), it is also used for all Cancer Center referrals.

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