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We start with the centers that could be considered “the best” in the country for lung cancer--those that are not only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer centers, but are also lung cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs). There are five lung cancer SPOREs in the country and they are specially funded to bring research in lung cancer to the patient faster.
In addition to the lung SPOREs, we refer patients to all NCI designated Cancer Centers and Comprehensive Cancer Centers, * as well as NCI Community Cancer Centers Programs.** Most of those centers offer lung cancer specific treatment programs and all have expertise treating the disease.
If an NCI center doesn’t fit your needs, we then turn to The American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer (CoC) approved centers.*** Our list only includes CoC approved centers with lung cancer specific treatment programs, lung tumor boards or multi-disciplinary teams for lung cancer. If a center is both an NCI center and a CoC center, it is listed under NCI.
Sometimes, we find lung cancer treatment programs at centers that are not on either list and have included those programs as well.
If there is not one of these centers near you, check the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) patient-friendly website, Cancer.net. There you can search their Find a Cancer Doctor list to find a lung cancer specialist near you or contact us at 1-800-298-2436 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help finding the best care in your area.
*NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health and is responsible for conducting and supporting cancer-related research, training physicians and scientists and publishing information about all things cancer. NCI cancer centers follow strict standards and are cancer centers of treatment and research excellence.
**The NCI Community Cancer Centers Program is a network of 30 community hospitals in 22 states supporting cancer research and enhancing cancer care for patients close to home.
***The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) centers meet accreditation standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary approach, and comprehensive cancer care delivery.