Lung Cancer Treatment

Advanced treatment for lung cancer in San Diego

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Advanced treatment for lung cancer in San Diego

Scripps MD Anderson cancer specialists combine their medical expertise with the latest technologies to personalize lung cancer treatment plans to every patient’s unique needs. We’re one of only a select group of U.S. health care systems that offer leading-edge medical options for lung cancer treatment, including minimally invasive robotic surgery and the most precise radiation therapy treatments, such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).


Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews each patient’s treatment plan to ensure you receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

How is lung cancer treated?

Not all types of lung cancer require the same treatment. Your cancer care team will personalize your treatment plan based on several factors, including:  


  • The stage and type of lung cancer
  • Other lung problems you may have, such as emphysema 
  • Possible side effects of treatment
  • Your overall health


Depending on these factors, treatment may include one or more of the following:


  • Therapeutic procedures (to remove the cancer or help you breathe easier)
  • Surgery (to remove the cancer)
  • Radiation therapy (using radiation to kill cancer cells)
  • Chemotherapy (using drugs to kill cancer cells)
  • Targeted therapy (using drugs targeting unique markers on the cancer cells)

Lung cancer treatment options at Scripps MD Anderson

Scripps oncologists and cancer specialists provide a full range of treatments and therapies for lung cancer.

Our approach to lung cancer treatment

Because every patient has different medical, personal and lifestyle needs, Scripps MD Anderson cancer teams personalize treatment plans that put you at the center of care. In addition to your multidisciplinary team of experienced cancer specialists, surgeons, nurses and health professionals, you’ll have a specially trained nurse navigator to coordinate your care, provide support and guide you through this challenging time with expertise and compassion.


Scripps offers patients access to the nation’s best cancer treatments. For more on our approach to treating lung cancer, visit our Why Scripps section.

Lung cancer treatment locations

Scripps has lung cancer treatment locations throughout San Diego County to make care as convenient as possible, including five hospital campuses and numerous outpatient clinics from Chula Vista to Torrey Pines to Oceanside. We also offer state-of-the-art radiation therapy centers at Torrey Pines, Encinitas and Vista, and outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers across the region.  


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in lung cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.