The San Diego Cancer Center's Thoracic Oncology Program is run by Mark Adler, MD, and Fareeha Siddiqui, MD.
Lung cancer is a complex disease with multiple new emerging strategies. Our physicians focus on individualized treatment of patients based on molecular testing of cancers, specialized chemotherapy protocols and consideration of clinical trials to get the best outcomes for all of our patients.
We also run the area's only thoracic oncology "tumor board," in which experts in different medical specialties review and discuss a patient's condition and treatment options. Regular attendees include thoracic oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, radiologists, and renowned national and international thought leaders with expertise in lung cancer and its biology.
Fareeha Siddiqui, MD, believes in the success of communication, empathy and an excellent understanding of tumor science biology in treating our cancer patients. Dr. Siddiqui received her medical training at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. This was followed by a three-year residency at the University of Illinois Michael Reese Program and a three-year double fellowship program in hematology and oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, with focused training in palliative care and pain control.
Dr. Siddiqui believes in forming strong bonds with her patients and their families in an effort to provide the best possible care through a patient’s most difficult times. She believes in evidence-based, cutting-edge medicine as a way in which to hopefully achieve a cure for our patients, tempered with compassion, empathy and sincerity.
- Support groups twice a month
- Clinical psychologist for one-on-one counseling
- Nutrition counseling and support
For general information about symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment, see Lung Cancer.