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Lung & Thoracic Cancer

The Lung and Thoracic Cancer Program at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center specializes in the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and Barrett’s Esophagus, chest wall tumors and mediastinal tumors. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists and sub-specialists collaborate to provide you with individualized care. Our team approach enables us to leverage our expertise to provide you the best possible treatment options.

We’re Here For You

At Hollings, we know a cancer diagnosis can be a life changing event. We are here to support you through your journey. Call 843-792-9300 and make an appointment. Experience what sets us apart.

Why choose Hollings ranked by U.S. News & World Report #39 in nation for cancer care

In good hands

You know you're in good hands at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. Here, you have access to the latest innovations in cancer treatment, including clinical trials, advanced surgical techniques, support services and survivorship planning. You can rest easy knowing we hold many top national rankings for cancer care and take a leadership role in cancer research and prevention.

The Hollings difference

Treatment and Support

Dr. Mariam Alexander

Our team of lung and thoracic cancer specialists and nurse navigators uses state-of-the-art technology and procedures to determine the stage of your cancer, which helps us understand the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread to other areas. We can then develop a personalized treatment plan designed to get the best outcome for your particular circumstances.

Treatment options for lung and thoracic cancer include:

  • Personalized therapy with chemotherapeutic and targeted agents based on your individual molecular characteristics.
  • Radiation therapies that are designed to minimize the impact on healthy tissues, such as TomoTherapy and brachytherapy.
  • Minimally invasive surgery that helps reduce tissue damage and post-surgical pain while promoting a faster recovery.

Smoking and tobacco use greatly contribute to lung cancer rates in South Carolina. At MUSC, we are proud to offer you help quitting through our Smoking Cessation Program and the Tobacco Treatment Program. In addition, we offer you lung cancer screening to provide an accurate and detailed diagnosis to determine the best path forward.

Dr. John Wrangle

Our team of world-renowned scientists and doctors are constantly taking part in groundbreaking research and clinical trials to push what is possible with lung and thoracic cancer treatment. Some recent projects include:

In addition, Hollings’ dedicated Lung Transdisciplinary Cancer Team brings together expertise from different disciplines in basic and clinical research for monthly meetings to collaborate on ongoing lung and thoracic cancer research.

As South Carolina’s only NCI-designated cancer center, Hollings offers you clinical trials and treatments that aren’t available anywhere else in the state. These opportunities provide you with access to the latest medications, therapies, and surgical techniques that can improve your outcomes. Learn more about clinical trials at Hollings and see our current lung and thoracic cancer clinical trials.

Every day, I just feel so grateful to have another day. Even on my worst days, when I can’t get out of bed, I feel grateful to be alive. Cancer makes me look at life completely different and appreciate the small things.

Caroline Perez, lung cancer survivor

Caroline's story
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Less than a ten percent survival chance from esophageal cancer and then stage three lung cancer, and I’m still here. The doctors, nurses and staff know what they’re doing, and they are here to help you.

Rick Hunt, esophageal cancer survivor

Rick's story
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What may have been a life-ending diagnosis with our parents or grandparents is not now. We have changed the impossible to possible, and I think MUSC is doing their share of making that happen.

Robert Shields, lung cancer survivor

Robert's story
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Lung & Thoracic Cancer Care Locations

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Downtown

86 Jonathan Lucas Street

Charleston, SC 29425

Scheduling: 843-792-9300

Hematology + Oncology Florence

805 Pamplico Highway

Suite: 315

Florence, SC 29505

You will get individual attention from specialists who will complete a thorough review of your cancer and create a personalized treatment plan.

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Smoking Cessation

Quitting tobacco use is one of the most beneficial things you can do to help improve your treatment outcomes. Hollings has a robust Tobacco Treatment program, with a full team of clinical providers and researchers, and also features a Lung Cancer Screening program. In addition, the center offers access to smoking cessation counselors who are available by phone or in person.

Smoking Cessation

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