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Top 10 hospitals by lung cancer visits

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer deaths.

Thanks to advancements in earlier detection and treatment, people are living longer after their lung cancer diagnosis. However, lung cancer patients must still seek treatment from many specialists, including oncologists, pulmonologists, and radiologists.

Below we explore the hospitals that had the most patient visits for lung cancer based on Definitive Healthcare’s all-payor claims data.

Top hospitals with the most patient visits for lung cancer

RankDefinitive IDHospitalCityState% of total visits for lung cancerExplore dataset
1818Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus TampaFL2.90%Explore
23120Cleveland Clinic Main CampusClevelandOH2.90%Explore
32846Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkNY2.10%Explore
4588Stanford HospitalStanfordCA2.10%Explore
5370Helford Clinical Research Hospital DuarteCA1.70%Explore
62096University HospitalAnn ArborMI1.70%Explore
73923William P Clements Jr University Hospital DallasTX1.10%Explore
81365IU Health Methodist HospitalIndianapolisIN1.00%Explore
92837Mount Sinai Medical Center New YorkNY0.90%Explore
10846Baptist HospitalMiamiFL0.80%Explore

Fig. 1. Data from the Definitive Healthcare ClaimsMx platform. Organizations with the same percentage are ranked based on the overall total volume of patient visits. Data accessed December 2022.

Which hospital has the most lung cancer patient visits?

Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus in Tampa, Florida and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus both account for 2.9% of total visits to U.S. hospitals for lung cancer, topping our list. Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus had slightly more total visits based on the raw data, earning the top place, with the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus not far behind.

The top 10 hospitals account for around 17% of all patient visits for lung cancer in the U.S.  

Interestingly, only two hospitals on the list are designated cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute, and six are designated Commission on Cancer (CoC) centers.

As lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, patients may not always need to seek out specialized treatment at cancer centers. Hospitals may have the expertise and resources on staff to treat patients in their local community.

What are the most common types of lung cancer?

There are two main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

Around 80% to 85% of lung cancers are NSCLC, making it the most common type of lung cancer.  NSCLC starts from different types of lung cells and typically develops at a slower rate than SCLC. Within NSCLC, there are three common subtypes, including adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

SCLC accounts for around 10% to 15% of all lung cancers. SCLC tends to grow and spread faster than NSCLC and is more common in tobacco smokers. Unfortunately, around 70% of people with SCLC will have cancer that has already spread by the time they are diagnosed, making it harder to treat. There are two main categories for SCLC: small cell carcinoma and combined small cell carcinoma.

What are the most common types of treatment for lung cancer?

Lung cancer treatment will vary depending on the type of lung cancer and how far it has spread. The most common treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted therapy.

Surgery as a treatment option is most commonly used for patients with NSCLC and less frequently with SCLC. However, if cancer has spread beyond the lungs, chemotherapy and radiation are frequently used as a treatment for both SCLC and NSCLC.

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