Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Lung Cancer: The Penn Difference

Penn Medicine and Penn's Abramson Cancer Center offer patients facing lung cancer many advantages. The early and accurate diagnosis and full range of immediate options available at Penn give patients with lung cancer the best chance of being cured.

  • In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania¬†eleventh in the nation for pulmonology.
  • The Abramson Cancer Center's interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Program was one of the first of its kind.
  • Penn created a new level of lung cancer care when it established the Center for Lung Cancer and Related Disorders in 1991. The Center has assembled a group of leading specialists in this field who have developed some of the most advanced medical treatments available today.
  • Penn is a major center for lung cancer clinical trials, allowing patients to access some of the newest and best therapies.
  • Penn interventional pulmonologists use a new minimally invasive technology, called endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA), as a less invasive way to stage lung cancer.
  • Penn thoracic surgeons who more thoracic patients than any other hospital in the Delaware Valley.
  • Penn's thoracic surgeons were among the first nationwide to form a separate section within a division of cardiothoracic surgery specializing in non-cardiac thoracic surgery. This means Penn surgeons are highly specialized, focusing their time, talents and education completely on thoracic disorders.
  • Penn thoracic oncologists have developed new surgical procedures to treat previously inoperable lung cancer.
  • Penn's thoracic surgeons are national leaders who have developed less invasive surgical techniques that quicken recovery and procedures that provide options for patients not available elsewhere in the country.
  • As one of the early pioneers in video assisted surgery (VATS), Penn has made continued advances with this and other minimally invasive techniques which enables surgeries to be performed through small incisions resulting in less pain and a shorter recovery period for patients.
  • Penn has a rate for lung conserving procedures that is among the best in the country.
  • Penn radiation oncologists established current treatment standards for lung cancer.
  • Penn physicians are pioneers in the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in combination with surgery in the fight against advanced stage lung cancer.
  • Penn developed a treatment for mesothelioma based on work in the laboratory and continues to test its effectiveness through a National Cancer Institute grant.
  • A Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis Program that is studying the relationships between environmental exposures and cancer with a focus on prevention of tobacco and asbestos-related cancers including lung cancer, head and neck cancer and mesothelioma.
  • A Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) whose mission is to translate discoveries in basic neuroscience, pharmacology, genetics, and behavioral science to improve treatment for nicotine dependence.