Cancer Surgery

The Meridian Thoracic Surgery Program provides treatment for a wide range of malignant and non-malignant conditions affecting the lung, esophagus, thymus, mediastinum, chest wall and diaphragm. Our dedicated team of physicians is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for each of our patients.

Purposes of surgery

  • To prevent : If you have a high risk of developing cancer, you may have that area removed before cancer develops.
  • To diagnose: During a biopsy, your doctor removes a small amount of tissue to see if cancer exists and what type of cancer it is.
  • To stage: Surgery allows your doctor to determine the size of your tumor and whether it has spread.
  • To treat: Surgery may remove all or part of the cancer. It may be used in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
  • To relieve discomfort: Palliative surgery can make you more comfortable and treat problems caused by cancer, such as blockage or fluid accumulation.

Types of surgery

  • Minimally invasive surgery: Your surgeon will make the smallest incisions possible to access the area. This type of surgery can make your recovery easier after surgery.
    • Laparoscopic thorascopic surgery (VATS): Several small incisions are made to insert a camera and surgical tools into the abdomen and chest.
    • Robotic surgery: A type of scopic surgery where the surgeon controls a robot to maneuver the surgical tools inside the body. Robotic surgery helps surgeons access hard-to-reach areas.
    • Cyberknife ®: A painless, non-invasive robotic radiosurgery system used for treating benign and malignant tumors. CyberKnife is able to target difficult to reach or inoperable tumors, without an incision or use of a scalpel. The precision of the treatment can reduce patients' radiation therapy sessions.
  • Ablative surgery: Energy or temperature extremes are used to destroy cancer or precancerous cells.
  • Traditional surgery: A larger incision to perform the operation. For some tumors, this is the best treatment for the cancer.

See a complete list of all of the surgeries we perform.

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