Thoracic surgery refers to surgery performed in the thorax or chest area. Surgeons at Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County perform all aspects of thoracic surgery including procedures to diagnose and treat lung cancer including Mediastinoscopy, Lung tissue and Lymph Node Biopsy, Wedge Resection, Segmentectomy and Lobectomy. Our practice philosophy of collaboration with referring physicians and specialists ensures a multi-disciplinary approach to provide quality care. Each patient is different, your surgeon will discuss every option with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Lung Cancer Procedures
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LUNG CANCER?
Lung cancer is typically associated with a chronic cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. Fatigue, weakness, and loss of appetite can also occur, and many people with lung cancer will also have frequent or recurrent respiratory infections.
HOW IS LUNG CANCER TREATED?
Lung cancer can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, or the tumor may be removed surgically. The treatment approach will depend on the size of the tumor, its location and whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. When the cancer has not spread to areas outside the lungs, surgery often offers the most benefits and better outcomes than either radiation or chemotherapy alone.
CAN LUNG CANCER SURGERY BE COMBINED WITH OTHER TREATMENT TECHNIQUES?
Yes, lung cancer surgery is often combined with chemotherapy or radiation, especially in more advanced stages of lung cancer and when cancer has spread to other areas of the body. Studies have found chemotherapy prior to lung cancer surgery can be especially effective in treating large tumors confined to the lung. We will work collaboratively with your other doctors on a treatment plan tailored to fit your needs.