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Last Updated: 11/07/17


While the mortality rate has declined among most population groups over the past twenty years, cancers of the lung and bronchus are still the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. According to estimates of the American Cancer Society, approximately 224,390 new cases of lung and bronchus cancer and 162,510 deaths were expected to be reported in the year 2016. The high mortality rate is due largely to the fact that a majority of these cancers are not detected until the disease has reached an advanced stage, when treatment is less effective. Lung cancer became an early focus of the SPORE Program due to the huge burden in terms of morbidity and mortality, and the first three Lung SPOREs were funded in 1992.

University of Colorado Cancer Center

Paul A. Bunn, Jr., MD [Click Here]
University of Colorado Health Science Center
Department of Medicine
4200 East Ninth Avenue
Box B - 188
Denver, Colorado 80262
Tel: (303) 315-3007
Fax: (303) 315-3304

Robert C. Doebele, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Medical Oncology/Department of Medicine
12801 E. 17th Ave.
MS 8117
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: (303) 724-2980
Fax: (303) 724-3889

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University of Texas/Southwestern Medical Center

John D. Minna, MD [Click Here]
Professor, Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
Director, Harmon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Harmon Center for Therapeutic Oncology
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Room NB8-206
Dallas, Texas 75390
Tel: (214) 648-4900
Fax: (214) 648-4940

Jack A. Roth, MD
Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1489
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: (713) 792-7664
Fax: (713) 794-4901

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Yale University

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD [Click Here]
Ensign Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pharmacology
Chief of Medical Oncology
Director, Thoracic Oncology Research Program
Associate Director for Translational Research
Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center
Yale School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street, WWW221
New Haven, CT  06520-8028
Phone: 203-785-6879
Fax: 203-737-5698