Improving lung cancer outcomes through specialization

Kaiser Permanente is one of the first health care organizations in the country to manage chest surgeries in designated specialty care centers.

Research shows that lung cancer patients who receive care at specialty care centers with highly trained surgeons have better outcomes. These include lower complication rates, less postoperative pain, and shorter hospitals stays.

After a surprising diagnosis of lung cancer, a 38-year-old emergency medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center received top-notch care and is now cancer-free.

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