Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery
Multidisciplinary tumor boards in the lung, mediastinal, pleural, and esophageal cancer assure patients have access to the most advanced cancer care protocols and clinical trials. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, as part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, is in the elite group of 28 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) member institutions. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 50 programs in the U.S. designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and one of a select few sites nationwide that can offer early-phase clinical trials.
The division has been a leader in developing less invasive techniques of lung biopsy, including navigation bronchoscopy. Our team is spearheads novel clinical approaches for treating lung cancer in the elderly and those with significant heart and lung disorders. These treatments use smaller incisions and conservative lung resections, minimize complications, shorten hospital stay, and hasten recovery. The division also has significant experience in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS).