At Intermountain Cancer Centers, a team of thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, and surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists diagnose and treat thoracic cancers, which are cancers of the lungs, chest wall, trachea, and mediastinum (the central compartment of the thoracic cavity). They participate in a multidisciplinary conference utilizing national guidelines and clinical trials to provide a consensus opinion for treatment options.

Treatments and Procedures

Many minimally invasive and advanced surgical techniques are used to treat lung and mediastinal masses, germ cell tumors, and thymomas. Lung resections can be done laparoscopically to remove all or part of the lung. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, or VATS, is performed using a small video camera introduced into the patient’s chest via a scope. VATS can be used for lobectomy, which is the surgical removal of a large section of lung, or segmentectomy, the surgical removal of a segment of a lung lobe.

Surgeons at Intermountain work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans. These experts are committed to keeping up with and implementing cutting-edge technology to improve surgical outcomes. Other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, may be needed to completely remove the cancer.