The Thoracic Cancer Care Clinic includes the Lung Screening program, Lung Nodule Clinic and Lung Surgery. We provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for complex thoracic disease. Cases are discussed weekly by a group of medical providers in order to determine the best plan of care for each patient. The core of the center is thoracic surgery, but also includes multidisciplinary thoracic cancer management as well as lung cancer screening and management of pulmonary nodules.
The lung surgical program is staffed by two board certified, experienced thoracic surgeons and a dedicated thoracic surgical team. They manage the full spectrum of thoracic surgical diseases as part of multidisciplinary teams for both cancer and non-cancer diagnoses. Minimally invasive techniques, such as thoracoscopy (VATS), laparoscopy, esophagoscopy and bronchoscopy, are extensively used to minimize trauma and recovery times. The Lung Surgery department is evaluated by a national thoracic surgical database and consistently scores in the top 25%.
Conditions we treat
Areas of expertise include:
- Pulmonary (Lung) surgery for lung cancer and benign diseases
- Esophageal surgery
- Esophageal cancer
- Hiatal hernias
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – including LINX procedure
- Tracheal and bronchial surgery
- Airway and Esophageal stenting
- Chest Wall surgery
- Mediastinal surgery
- Diaphragm surgery
- Sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis
Management of lung, esophageal and other cancers is becoming increasing complex and requires multidisciplinary management to tailor individual therapies for the best outcomes. All cancer patients seen in the thoracic diseases center are presented at weekly, multidisciplinary oncology conferences that include medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, gastroenterologists, nurse navigators, and clinical trials support as well as the thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists.
Access to clinical trials is also important for providing cutting edge treatment options. Many clinical trials are available at Memorial. Additionally, the thoracic diseases center is highly integrated with the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Appropriate patients will be offered clinical trials locally or considered for referral to the Anschutz campus in Aurora for unique trials or treatments not available at Memorial.
Pulmonary Nodule Clinic
The pulmonary nodule clinic is staffed by pulmonologists with an interest in early detection, diagnosis and long-term post-treatment follow-up of lung cancer. These pulmonologists perform advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy including the use of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).
Lung cancer screening
Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans in institutions with minimally invasive surgical and multidisciplinary expertise like Memorial have been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality in an appropriate patient population.