The Thoracic Surgery team at Mercy Medical Group are committed to the best treatments and outcomes.
A thoracic surgeon would treat:
Many thoracic procedures are minimally invasive, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and superDimension®. They offer surgeons a degree of precision, control and dexterity traditional surgeries simply can’t match. Some of the benefits to patients include:
Lung cancer often takes several years to develop and is rare in people under the age of 45. Most lung cancer starts in the lining of the bronchi, but it can also start in other parts of the lung. There may first be areas of pre-cancerous changes that can't be seen on an X-ray and don't cause symptoms but can go on to become true cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
According to the American Cancer Society, there were more than 16,600 new cases of esophageal cancer in the United States in 2010. It is estimated that about one in 200 Americans will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that if caught early enough, cancer of the esophagus is treatable.