Memorial Hospital was the first hospital in Colorado Springs to perform many life-saving cardiothoracic surgery techniques. We continue to offer proven, advanced treatments for a range of lung (thoracic) conditions.
Our practice includes dedicated thoracic surgeons who provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cancer therapies, with a major focus in early diagnosis. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to treating lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other diseases of the chest.
Expert thoracic cancer care, close to home
Thoracic cancer – including cancer of the lungs and other organs in the chest – can be complex. That’s why, at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, we provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care that includes medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, gastroenterologists, nurse navigators and thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists.
Our expert physicians collaborate to determine the best care plan for you, using leading-edge technology and approaches, such as minimally invasive techniques that help minimize trauma and recovery times. Measured against a national thoracic surgical database, our practice consistently scores in the top 25%.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Airway and esophageal stenting
- Chest wall surgery
- Diaphragm surgery
- Esophageal surgery
- Esophageal cancer
- Hiatal hernias
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—including LINX procedure
- Mediastinal surgery
- Pulmonary (lung) surgery for lung cancer and benign diseases
- Sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis
- Tracheal and bronchial surgery
Managing lung, esophageal and other cancers is becoming increasingly complex and requires multidisciplinary management to tailor individual therapies for the best outcomes.
Access to clinical trials is also important for providing leading-edge treatment options. Appropriate patients will be offered clinical trials locally or be considered for referral to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora for unique trials or treatments not available at Memorial.
Lung Nodule Clinic
UCHealth Lung Nodule Clinic is staffed by pulmonologists with an interest in early detection, diagnosis and long-term post-treatment follow-up of lung cancer.
Lung cancer screening
In institutions with minimally invasive surgical and multidisciplinary expertise like Memorial Hospital, lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans has been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality.
Compassion and support
Our patients can also receive extensive support during their cancer treatment journey from Memorial’s nurse navigators, social workers, financial counselors, and many others.
- Cancer care social work
- Nurse navigator program