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

Conditions Treated

At Stanford Thoracic Cancer Center, our lung, thymic, esophageal and chest wall cancer specialists use state-of the-art diagnostics to rapidly assess your cancer. With new knowledge about the genetic makeup of tumor types, our team provides a personalized treatment plan that matches your needs and condition. Our doctors offer procedures that require extensive experience and training, some of which are offered at only a handful of medical centers in the country.


A digestive disorder caused by the esophagus not sufficiently pushing food or liquid into the stomach.

Barrett's esophagus

A pre-cancerous condition characterized by changes in the cells lining the esophagus which raises the risk of developing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. It is associated with long-term irritation from acid reflux, commonly in patients with a long history of heartburn.

Benign esophageal diseases

These include achalasia, Barrett's esophagus, GERD, and paraesophageal hernias.

Esophogeal cancer

A disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the esophagus.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

A digestive disorder caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.


A condition that causes excessive sweating that commonly involves one or several parts of the body, including the hands, feet, underarms, or, less often, the face.

Lung cancer

Cancer that usually starts in the lining of lungs, but can also begin in other areas of the respiratory system.


A rare form of chest cancer, largely caused by exposure to asbestos;  usually forms in the mesothelial cells that line the lung and the chest wall.

Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma

A rare form of neuroendocrine lung cancer. This cancer looks and acts like SCLC, except that the cancerous cells themselves are larger, and it is treated in much the same way as SCLC.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM)

A rare and aggressive form of cancer that originates in the pleura within the chest cavity.  

Mediastinal diseases, tumors, and masses

Benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors found in the mediastinum, an area of the chest that separates the lungs. 

Myasthenia gravis

A chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body.

Neuroendocrine lung cancer

Cancer that arise from the carcinoid cells, or it can appear as small cell lung cancer or large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma.

Non-small cell lung cancer

Accounting for about 85% of all lung cancers, the types include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

Paraesophageal hernias

A condition in which part of the stomach is found in the chest.

Posterior mediastinal tumors

Benign or malignant tumors found in the posteriod mediastinum.

Sarcoma of the chest wall

A rare cancerous tumor formed on the chest wall.

Small cell lung cancer

A form of neuroendocrine cancer that often grows rapidly and quickly spreads to other organs; responds to chemotherapy and radiation more often than does non-small cell cancer.

Thymoma and thymic cancer

A tumor of the thymus gland or thymic tissue, a small organ located in the upper portion of your chest and extending from the base of the throat to the front of the heart.

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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