Duke’s lung cancer program is nationally recognized for its innovative, aggressive, and personalized approach to detecting and treating all types and stages of lung cancer. Whether you are newly diagnosed or seeking a second opinion, our goal is to offer you more treatment options, better care, and improved quality of life.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
We conduct more comprehensive imaging tests than most medical centers in the region. These tests play an important role in detecting and diagnosing lung cancer and in developing the best treatment plan. You may be able to see your doctors and undergo these tests on the same day.
We offer low-dose CT screening to individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer. The 3-D images are read by board-certified lung imaging specialists who look for early-stage lung cancers that may be too small to be detected by a traditional chest X-ray.
X-Ray, CT, MRI
Chest X-rays, CT, MRI, and PET scans help detect and diagnose your type of lung cancer tumor. They are interpreted by radiologists with special training in thoracic and pulmonary conditions, including lung cancer.
Removal of a small sample of the tumor or fluid in the lungs to confirm a lung cancer diagnosis.
Why Choose Duke
Advancing Lung Cancer Care in the U.S.
As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we helped pioneer minimally invasive surgery techniques. We are also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving patient care.
Decades of Duke Research Inform Your Treatment
Our doctors use a large tissue bank and database of patients treated for lung cancer at Duke since 1995. We study why some lung cancer patients respond to treatments better than others in order to reduce your symptoms and treat your cancer. Our medical oncologists have developed several drugs that have received FDA approval. These drugs help improve patient outcomes.
When Lung Cancer Spreads to Brain or Spine
New treatments are making it possible for people to live longer, with a better quality of life, when cancer has spread to the brain or spine. Duke experts in the medical and surgical management of metastatic brain and spine tumors use these advanced therapies to extend life for people who may have been told they are out of options.
Access to Clinical Trials
Every day, our researchers are conducting approved clinical trials to develop new treatment options and give more insights into curing lung cancer and improving our patients’ quality of life. You may be eligible to participate in our clinical trials, which help advance treatment guidelines and enhance your care.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021–2022.
A Team of Specialists
Our oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nutritionists, counselors, pharmacists and nurses meet to discuss each individual case and work together to develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.
Help Through Your Patient Journey
You are assigned a nurse navigator who will be with you at every clinical appointment and help to maintain open communication throughout your treatment.
Support for You and Your Loved Ones
We know that treating cancer means treating the whole person -- body and mind -- not just the disease. Our comprehensive support services range from helping to minimize the side effects of treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment.
Our Doctors Work with Your Doctors
If you seek care at Duke and continue your radiation or chemotherapy closer to home, our doctors will coordinate your treatment plan with your doctors. We also provide second opinions and share information with your doctors close to home.