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USC Lung Cancer Program

Pulmonology

At the USC Lung Cancer Program, our pulmonologists play an integral role in helping to diagnose, treat and relieve some of the symptoms of lung cancer. Combining specialized medical expertise with cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment tools, our pulmonologists are able to comprehensively evaluate and stage your lung cancer and design a treatment plan customized just for you.

Doctor examining a patient's chest with a stethoscope

Our offerings

  • Board-certified specialists
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Lung cancer diagnosis
  • Minimally invasive treatments
  • Relief of lung cancer symptoms
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic tools

The role of your pulmonologist

The USC Lung Cancer Program’s pulmonologists specialize in a wide range of conditions affecting the respiratory system. As part of our multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to lung cancer care, our pulmonologists leverage their expertise in all aspects of respiratory care, with specialized training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung cancer.

Whether you need an in-depth lung examination, a customized lung cancer treatment, relief from some of the symptoms of lung cancer or specialized treatment and management of any conditions related to lung cancer therapies, our pulmonologists are by your side each step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

Cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment tools

After a lung cancer screening, it may not be immediately clear if a nodule or mass found in your lungs is cancerous. Our pulmonologists specialize in taking a closer, in-depth look at any abnormalities found in your lungs, via a bronchoscopy, in order to determine whether you have small cell lung cancer or non-small cell lung cancer, and whether you have early stage or more advanced lung cancer. Our pulmonologists are experts at diagnosing even the most challenging cases, and they will help you understand your lung cancer diagnosis so that, together, we can provide a treatment plan that’s best for you.

In addition to diagnosing and staging lung cancer, our pulmonologists are instrumental in the design of your overall treatment plan and the management of pain and other symptoms related to lung cancer or lung cancer treatment. Our team includes interventional pulmonologists and advanced bronchoscopists who leverage a broad range of minimally invasive procedures that can shrink tumors, such as argon plasma coagulation and photodynamic therapy, as well as procedures that help you breathe better, such as stent placement. These interventions supplement your customized treatment plan and can help reduce some of the symptoms of lung cancer.

Combining a sophisticated suite of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools with a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options, our pulmonologists are a key part of your lung cancer team.

Access to clinical trials

The USC Lung Cancer Program’s pulmonologists are part of an active community of lung cancer researchers. This gives our patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that hold the promise of advancing lung cancer treatment. Learn about our lung cancer research

Our team

Ching-Fei Chang, MD
Ramyar Mahdavi, MD
Diana Yu, MD

News and Stories

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