The UF Health Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Program has expert medical professionals that offer evaluation and personalized management of patients with thoracic malignancies. Their range of expertise includes management of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, as well as chest wall tumors, mesothelioma, thymic tumors, and other less common malignancies of the lung.
The program is deeply committed to treating patients with exceptional skill, expertise, and compassion. These values assure that patients are treated with leading-edge therapies, including clinical trials, in a patient-centered setting.
To ensure that care is streamlined, individualized, and focused on the patient’s needs, the lung cancer program incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to cancer management. Specialists from pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, and nursing work as a team to care for each patient.
Our lung cancer nurse navigator, Sarah Graciani, RN, provides a direct link between our patients and the multidisciplinary care team by acting as a patient advocate, communicating patient and family concerns, coordinating clinic visits and setting up appointments within the UF Health system.
UF Health Shands Hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals for pulmonology and lung surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
Our team has at their fingertips the latest cutting-edge technology and techniques to treat lung cancer. We offer:
- Minimally invasive surgery including video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery
- Interventional pulmonology with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities like EBUS (endobrochial ultrasonography), laser, and airway stenting
- Innovative radiotherapy planning and delivery techniques including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- One of the few proton therapy centers in the country with experience treating lung cancer
- A wide range of clinical trials for all stages and types of lung cancer
- Comprehensive molecular and genetic profiling of cancer tissue with individualized targeted therapy and immunotherapy
- Lung cancer screening
Our commitment to care is apparent from following:
- Minimally invasive lung cancer staging with EBUS in 100% of cases
- 90% of new lung cancer referrals seen within 7 days
- Majority of lung cancer surgeries are done with minimally invasive approach (VATS and Robotics) with significant decrease in length of hospital stay.
- More than 10 clinical trials open for enrollment in lung cancer
- 100% non-squamous lung cancers gets their tumor samples analyzed for molecular markers to identify patients who will qualify for personalized therapy. In addition to testing for PD-L1, ALK, and ROS1 status, we test for mutations in 115 cancer genes in our in-house molecular pipeline.
Multidisciplinary care model
We know that cancer patients often need a combination of therapies to manage their disease. UF Health has a highly-regarded network of leading-edge cancer treatment resources.
To ensure streamlined, individualized care that is focused on the patient’s needs, the UF Health Lung Cancer Center incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to cancer management. This means that specialists from pulmonary medicine, thoracic (chest) surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, and oncology nursing work as a team to care for each patient.
Patients meet with a number of practitioners at their first visit to our multidisciplinary clinic. Those practitioners then meet as a team to discuss and coordinate each patient’s treatment plan. We may also determine at this time if a patient is a suitable candidate for one of our clinical trials
Contact u s
- Nurse navigator
Phone - (352) 594-3601
- Pulmonary Access Center:
Phone - (352) 273-8740
Fax - (352) 627-4179
- Medical Oncology:
Phone - (352) 265-0725
Fax - (352) 627-4150
- Surgical Oncology:
Phone - (352) 265-0535
Fax – (352) 627-4173
- Radiation Oncology:
Phone - (352) 265-0287
Fax – (352) 265-8223
Want to know more? Check out our Patient Education section for more information.
Clinical Trials: Lung Cancer
UF Health research scientists make medicine better every day. They discover new ways to help people by running clinical trials. When you join a clinical trial, you can get advanced medical care. Sometimes years before it's available everywhere. You can also help make medicine better for everyone else. If you'd like to learn more about clinical trials, visit our clinical trials page. Or click one of the links below:
The purpose of the study is to learn from the real world practice of prescribing targeted therapies to patients with advanced cancer whose tumor harbors a genomic variant known to be a drug target or to predict sensitivity to a drug. Note: Due to…
- Thomas J George
- Accepting Candidates
- 12 Years - N/A
This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of pembrolizumab and recombinant interleukin-12 in treating patients with solid tumors. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system…
- Thomas J George
- Accepting Candidates
- 18 Years - N/A
Community and Patient Programs: Lung Cancer
Our community and patient programs provide great value to patients, families and loved ones. People can find support, educational materials, expert consultants and more. In most instances, these programs are offered free of charge.
Improves health and quality of life for long-term cancer survivors.
Children with serious illnesses can enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically sound environment.
An educational and networking event that brings together cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and health care professionals.
Promotes health and quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
Interdisciplinary facility that helps support the diverse needs of individuals and families.
Pain management treatment plans for cancer patients.
Helps individuals access high-quality cancer screening, prevention and treatment services.
Can assist you through the treatment process in a number of practical and supportive ways.
Peer companionship for adolescents and young adults living with serious illness.
News and Patient Stories: Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer, claiming a disproportionate number of lives compared with the next leading cancers combined: breast, prostate and colon.…
October 4, 2023
The University of Florida Health Cancer Center has expanded its research programs to strengthen the impact of cancer research and meet the needs of an…
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