Thoracic Diseases and Disorders
Surgeons at University Heart Surgeons in Knoxville, Tennessee treat a wide variety of thoracic diseases and disorders including:
- Lung tumors
- Mediastinal tumors, which can be benign or cancerous, form in the area of the chest that separates the lungs and is called the mediastinum. Mediastinal tumors are rare and treatment is largely surgical.
- A thymoma is an uncommon tumor or cancer of the thymus gland, an organ located in the anterior mediastinum (chest). Up to 50% of thymomas are asymptomatic, meaning they do not produce any symptoms or signs and are diagnosed when an imaging study of the chest is performed for another reason.
- Lung cancer/disease
- Lung Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. With 170,000 new cases each year, it is the leading cause of death from cancer. Early detection can improve survival. When lung cancer is further advanced, surgery in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy may still be curative.