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Thoracic cancer starts in and affects the organs, glands, and other structures in your chest — the thoracic cavity. Types of thoracic cancer include:
Call 855.666.2839 or use our Find a Doctor tool to locate an oncologist with expertise in treating thoracic cancer in Arizona. We are proud to offer the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona at our University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. If more convenient, our Chandler Regional Medical Center offers cancer care in the Phoenix area as well.
Doctors do not fully understand the cause of any cancer, including thoracic cancer. Risk factors for thoracic cancer vary by type, but family history and lifestyle factors can play a role in its development. You may have a greater chance of developing lung cancer if a family member has also had it. Smoking increases the risk of esophageal cancer and is responsible for 90 percent of lung cancers.
Symptoms of thoracic cancer depend on the tissue it affects, if it has spread to nearby structures, and the specific type of cancer. Thoracic cancer often has no symptoms in early stages.
In many cases, symptoms develop after the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage, which can make it harder to treat. When symptoms appear, they may include:
It’s important to remember that these symptoms do not always mean you have cancer.
Dignity Health offers comprehensive cancer treatment from a team of board certified medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, and cancer care specialists. We treat the whole person rather than just the disease, so your care team also includes dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, and spiritual care experts. Support groups, counseling, and pain management options are available to all of our patients.
Treatment depends on the specific thoracic cancer. However, surgery is a common treatment for most thoracic cancers. Your doctor may also recommend: