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Thoracic Cancer

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Treatment for lung cancer, esophageal cancer, malignant mesothelioma, thymoma and thymic carcinoma.

The management of lung and esophageal cancer, as well as other cancers involving the chest, is increasingly complex. Often combinations of treatment including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are needed to best treat these types of cancers.

Our extensive experience and skill translates into better outcomes and smoother recoveries. Our doctors treat patients and do research in thoracic cancers, quickly translating their research discoveries to the bedside.

Leading-Edge Technology

We offer patients access to the latest technology, such as lung-sparing surgery and minimally invasive, video-assisted surgery and tomotherapy, which delivers high doses of carefully targeted radiation.

We perform more esophagectomies for esophageal cancer than any other program in Virginia, many using less invasive surgical approaches. 

We were the first hospital in the area to obtain a PET-CT scanner, which can detect lung cancer in its earliest stages. And our doctors recently pioneered a new technique to find tiny lesions in the lung earlier than ever before possible, which can lead to a better outcome.

Our thoracic surgeons also perform minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy to remove lung cancers whenever possible.

Care for Your Child

If your child has to see a cancer specialist, it's important that they visit a doctor who understands the needs of kids. 

At UVA, our doctors are experts in the special kind of care children need. 

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