At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), the thoracic surgery department performs surgical procedures on organs in the chest, such as the lungs, heart and esophagus. Thoracic surgeons focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest by using surgical treatment options. When possible, thoracic surgeons use minimally invasive procedures such as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic-assisted technology. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open surgery generally may include a shorter recovery time, less pain or less scarring.
Thoracic surgery is often used to assess or repair lungs affected by cancer, trauma or pulmonary disease. Thoracic surgeons remove nodules, tumors and lymph nodes to diagnose and stage lung cancer. Our thoracic surgeons are trained and educated to use state-of-the-art surgical techniques to help treat lung and esophageal cancer. As a member of a wider multidisciplinary team, they provide patients with a personalized approach to treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other diseases of the chest.
At our five hospitals across the United States, our thoracic surgeons work with other doctors and clinicians to develop a personalized plan designed to help you manage surgery-related side effects and help you get back to the activities you enjoy in life. At CTCA®, our patient-centered model of care is designed to deliver comprehensive, whole-person care. Our cancer centers are located in major metropolitan areas—in or near Tulsa, Oklahoma; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and Phoenix, Arizona. At each of our hospitals, a team of cancer experts delivers personalized medicine, all under one roof.