Chest Cancer

Chest cancers – also known as thoracic cancers – include the many types of lung canceresophageal cancer, and cancers of the mediastinum (membrane between the lungs), pleura (membrane that lines the chest and surrounds the lungs), airway, thymus gland, and heart.

Cancers that arise in other parts of the body also commonly spread to the chest. Mesothelioma, a cancer that originates in the lining of the chest or abdomen, often affects the lungs and other thoracic organs and tissues.

Patients with suspected or diagnosed chest cancer are in skilled hands when they come to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas.

Our experienced, integrated team of chest cancer specialists delivers an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating patients with every type of the disease, no matter how complex.

Many are internationally recognized thought leaders who are helping to define treatment guidelines and develop new therapies for chest cancer.

A Leader in Academic Medicine and Comprehensive Care

UT Southwestern’s expert Chest Cancer team has access to the many resources of our academic medical center – from the newest therapies based on the most promising research discoveries to the expertise of colleagues in related disciplines.

Our chest cancer specialists deliver advanced, comprehensive care that meets each patient’s individual needs and goals. Our treatment program includes:

  • Recognized experts in chest cancer treatment and research
  • Leading-edge technologies and tools for the delivery of the most current medical, radiation , and surgical therapies available
  • A support team of specially trained nurses, pain specialists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and financial counselors – all dedicated to helping patients and families get answers to their questions, gain new coping strategies, and receive emotional and practical support
  • Convenience, with all specialists in one location for seamless care

Clinical Trials

Simmons Cancer Center’s active clinical trials program allows eligible patients to access chest cancer therapies that aren’t available at most other health care centers.

The opportunity to participate in clinical trials can especially benefit chest cancer patients who have exhausted their other treatment options. Your cancer physicians can help you determine if you qualify to participate in a clinical trial.

Meet Our Team

UT Southwestern’s cancer physicians use a wide array of advanced, evidence-based techniques, technologies, and therapies to diagnose and comprehensively treat patients with chest cancer.

Our large multidisciplinary team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists, as well as a number of noted physician-scientists whose work is aimed at better understanding, diagnosing, and treating chest cancers.

See all of our chest cancer specialists.