At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the thoracic surgery team focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest by employing various surgical treatment options. Thoracic surgeons perform surgical procedures on the lungs, heart, esophagus and other organs in the chest.
Thoracic surgery may be performed to assess or repair lungs affected by cancer, trauma or pulmonary disease. Thoracic surgeons at our Tulsa cancer center work with lung cancer patients to diagnose and stage disease by removing nodules, tumors and lymph nodes for sampling. When possible, thoracic surgeons employ minimally invasive surgical options, though some situations require traditional open surgery. Your thoracic surgeon may opt for a thoracotomy if he or she determines the procedure is necessary to examine large portions of the lungs or inner chest cavity. Thoracotomy may be performed to remove a portion of the lung (lobectomy) or the entire lung (pneumonectomy). Thoracoscopy is a procedure used to treat a collapsed lung, to drain excess fluid from the lungs (pleural effusions) and to biopsy tissue (wedge resection).
Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Southwestern combines advanced cancer treatment with supportive therapies in developing a personalized, integrative treatment plan. Our thoracic surgeons in Oklahoma work closely with supportive care clinicians who provide therapies designed to manage side effects and support quality of life after surgery. These evidence-informed supportive therapies may include naturopathic medicine, nutrition therapy, mind-body medicine, chiropractic care and pain management. Our doctors and clinicians work together under one roof, part of a multidisciplinary team committed to comprehensive cancer treatment for the whole person.