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Thoracic Oncology Program

The Surgical Institute’s Thoracic Oncology Program provides services and treatments for the entire spectrum of lung diseases, including pulmonary care services for benign and malignant tumors. Our multidisciplinary team includes a cardiothoracic surgeon, surgical oncologist, plastic surgeon, radiologist and pathologist, as well as community pulmonologists and medical and radiation oncologists. 
 
Together, these experts work to determine the best diagnosis and treatment plan for each individual case, with a focus on a smooth, quick transition between diagnosis and medical intervention—after all, we know that in many lung cancer cases, early treatment improves the patient’s chances of making a full recovery. We work to streamline the continuum of care, from diagnostic exams to biopsies to surgery to rehabilitation, all in a compassionate environment that emphasizes holistic, patient-centered care. 
 
We are also committed to providing our thoracic oncology patients with the most cutting-edge care available. In fact, the Surgical Institute’s Thoracic Oncology Program is one of just a few centers in the country that have significant experience in video-assisted lobectomy, a less-invasive surgical technique that can save the lives of lung cancer patients while reducing the length of their stay in the hospital following surgery. 
 
For most patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer, surgical resection—in essence, removing the cancer during surgery—offers the best chance of a cure. Traditional open-chest surgery, however, is a major procedure that requires up to a week’s recovery in the hospital, as well as an extended recovery at home. Video-assisted lobectomy offers reduced pain and a quicker recovery time, and produces similar outcomes as traditional procedures.