• Thoracic Cancer Conditions, Treatments, and Procedures

    Our thoracic surgeons at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center treat a wide variety of conditions related to the chest – those affecting the lungs, trachea, esophagus, chest wall, pleura (the lining of the lungs), and mediastinum (the area between the lungs).

    Many of these conditions can be treated with minimally invasive techniques, which can lead to less pain, a faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay. Procedures that in the past would require major open surgery can now be performed at Lahey through tiny incisions with outstanding results.

    Here are some of the key procedures and treatments offered by Lahey’s outstanding thoracic surgeons.


    • Lung resections for cancer performed with minimally invasive techniques
    • Procedures to treat emphysema and other forms of COPD
    • Tracheal surgery to open restrictions or remove cancers in the airway


    • Esophageal surgery for cancer, Barrett’s esophagus (which can lead to cancer) and reflux (or GERD)
    • Surgery for hiatal or paraesophageal hernia
    • Treatment of swallowing difficulties (such as achalasia or stenosis)


    • Surgery for tumors of the chest wall and rib cage
    • Surgery for mediastinal disease (such as thymoma and other benign or malignant tumors in the center of the chest)
    • Treatment of mesothelioma (cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs, heart and chest wall usually caused by asbestos exposure)
    • Repair of rib fractures after an accident or other trauma


    • Surgery to treat excessive sweating (a condition called hyperhidrosis)
    • Surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome (a condition that can lead to arm and shoulder pain, numbness, or blood clots)

    Learn more about our state-of-the-art treatments for three of the most common types of thoracic surgery procedures at Lahey:

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