Southwest Lung Cancer Program

The University of Arizona Cancer Center's Southwest Lung Cancer Program combines excellent patient care with research to fight the number one cause of cancer deaths for U.S. men and women. The team takes a comprehensive and individualized approach to patient care and offers a wide variety of services ranging from evaluation of abnormal chest imaging, screening, lung cancer diagnosis, treatment of all stages of lung cancer incorporating research and supportive care.

To make an appointment with the Southwest Lung Cancer Program, call (520) 694-CURE (2873).

The team's efforts include the design of clinical trials that bring the most active new agents to our patients, laboratory research on the biology of lung cancer, and the exploration of new strategies to prevent, diagnose and cure lung cancer. Highly targeted drugs that act more selectively on cancer cells and have less toxic effect on normal cells are available in our clinic. In addition, patients are offered minimally invasive thoracic surgery and radiation therapy with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, including stereotactic body radiosurgery and TomoTherapy®.

The Southwest Lung Cancer Program at The University of Arizona Cancer Center — North Campus has new patient appointments available for patients with undiagnosed pleural diseases including nodules and effusions, indeterminate lung nodules or masses, already diagnosed lung, mediastinal, pleural and esophageal malignancies, undiagnosed or benign esophageal masses and airway disorders.

The clinic includes Thoracic Surgery, Pulmonary, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology. All referrals for Pulmonologists should be faxed to (520) 694-2353, attention Regina, or call (520) 626-6380 (reg@arc.arizona.edu); referrals for Thoracic Surgery should call (520) 626-6339; referrals for Medical Oncology should call (520) 694-2873 (Central Scheduling, The University of Arizona Cancer Center); and referrals for Radiation Oncology should call (520) 694-7236.

The team conducts a lung cancer tumor board every week. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of our clinicians, UA pathologists and medical imagers to review patient cases; all cases are welcome, including from community physicians and from all over the Southwest region.

PDF: Download ASCO Answers: Lung Cancer, trusted information to help manage your care from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The Team

Linda L. Garland, MD, Medical Oncologist and director of the Clinical Lung Cancer Program

Farid Gharagozloo, MD, FACS, Thoracic Surgeon, Chief of the Southwest Thoracic Oncology

James L. Knepler, Jr., MD, Associate Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Sarah Kratz, MD, Medical Oncologist

Afshin Sam, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine