About Thoracic Cancer
Making a Difference for Patients with Thoracic and Lung Cancer
At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, thoracic cancer patients receive comprehensive cancer care from board-certified physicians using a variety of advanced technologies and therapies. Our multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses and support staff focus on providing top-notch, compassionate care.
Thoracic cancer is cancer of the lungs or chest region. Our team of physicians provides expert care in all types of thoracic cancer, including lung, esophageal, thymus, and mesothelioma. Lung cancer is the most common type of thoracic cancer, making it the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, we’re working to improve the prognosis of lung cancer patients through innovative diagnostics, treatment options and research.
In early stages, lung cancer may not exhibit any symptoms. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include shortness of breath, persistent cough/wheezing, hoarseness, bone pain, fatigue and loss of appetite and weight. Patients with other types of thoracic cancer, such as thymus, may experience similar symptoms. Patients with esophageal cancer may also experience difficulty swallowing or extensive heartburn. Patients who smoke, have a high-risk health history and/or have these symptoms should talk with their doctors about thoracic cancer and lung cancer screenings.
Diagnosis and Staging
Early and accurate diagnosis and staging of lung and other types of thoracic cancer is critical to treating the diseases effectively. At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, we use the latest technologies to accomplish this, including Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans and high- resolution Computed-Tomography (CT) scans.
Thoracic cancers, particularly lung cancer, can be challenging to treat. Our team of thoracic cancer specialists; medical, radiation and surgical oncologists; and support staff will work with you to determine what treatment protocol is best for your health. The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute uses the most-advanced invasive and less-invasive treatment options to fight thoracic cancers. They include traditional and less-invasive surgery, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereostatic Radiation Therapy and various types of chemotherapy.