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UNC offers the most up-to-date advances in diagnostic tools, surgical techniques, and medical and radiation therapies to provide the highest quality of care to patients who have lung or other chest cancers, or who need to be evaluated and diagnosed. We have three highly skilled surgeons who specialize in treatment of lung and chest cancers. The surgeons work with other lung cancer specialists at UNC (nationally-known oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists and others) in the Thoracic Oncology Program to deliver well-coordinated and efficient care to patients.

The Thoracic Oncology Program at UNC Hospitals was organized in 1993 to offer high quality, advanced care to patients in an efficient manner. We see patients who may need testing for lung cancer or who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Our patients come from all over North Carolina and from elsewhere in the United States.

In one day, patients can be evaluated by highly skilled specialists in pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, thoracic radiology, pathology, and oncology nursing. UNC’s physicians offer every possible treatment option, ensuring the best care for suspected or proven cancers of the lung, esophagus, thymus, chest wall or mediastinum.

Thoracic Oncology Program


To speak to one of the surgeons, call (984) 974-0000.


Lung cancer patients (or patients needing to be evaluated for possible cancer) are seen by the UNC Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program (MTOP) part of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, at the N.C. Cancer Hospital which is part of UNC Hospitals at 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • To talk to one of our thoracic surgeons, please call (984) 974-0000.
  • If you would like to make an appointment for a patient to be seen at the UNC surgical thoracic oncology clinic, please call LaTasha Kincy at (984) 974-0000 and fax patient information to (984) 974-8610. Patients who need a thoracic surgeon are patients who need a biopsy or have known Stage I-III cancer.
  • If you would like to make an appointment for a patient to be seen at the UNC medical oncology clinic specializing in thoracic cancers, please call Vickie Dowdy at 919-966-8128. Patients who need a medical oncologist specializing in lung cancer are those with Stage II-IV lung cancer and those with urgent palliative needs.

For directions to the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, click here.

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