Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by our lung and esophageal specialists.

Lung Cancer

Most lung cancer begins in the cells that line the bronchial tubes that carry air from the trachea down into the lungs.

Esophageal Cancer

There are many layers to the esophagus, which is important in understanding the two types of this cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma

  • The esophagus is lined with squamous cells. Cancer starting in these cells is called squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus but is most common in the mid esophagus.


  • This type of cell is not normally part of the inner lining of the esophagus. Before an adenocarcinoma can develop, gland cells must replace an area of squamous cells, which is what happens in Barrett’s esophagus. This occurs mainly in the lower esophagus, which is where most adenocarcinomas start and this is the most common type of esophageal cancer in the United States. 


Mesothelioma is a tumor of the tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart or other organs. These tumors can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous).

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that begin in the muscle, fat, nerves, tendons, blood vessels or connective tissues.

Myasothenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis is characterized by weakness and fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control.

Myasthenia gravis is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. Emergency treatment is needed to provide assistance with breathing. Medications and blood-filtering therapies help people to again breathe on their own.

Other Chest Tumors


  • Thymoma and thymic carcinoma are diseases in which malignant (cancer) cells form on the outside surface of the thymus.

    The thymus, a small organ that lies in the upper chest under the breastbone, is part of the lymph system. It makes white blood cells, called lymphocytes, that protect the body against infections.


  • A schwannoma is a tumor of the tissue that covers nerves, called the nerve sheath. These tumors develop from a type of cell called a Schwann cell, which gives them their name. Schwannomas are often not cancerous (benign).

Fibrous Tumors

These tumors are rare growths of soft tissue cells that can form nearly anywhere in the body but most often occur in the lining around the outside of the lungs (pleural solitary fibrous tumors).

Benign Tumors

A benign tumor of the lung is a non-cancerous growth that does not spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body and is not usually life-threatening.


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