Surgery for Chest Cancer

In many cases, surgery is the most appropriate course of treatment for chest cancer. The decision to perform surgery depends on the type of cancer, its stage and location, and the patient’s overall health, goals, and preferences.

UT Southwestern’s experienced chest cancer specialists take a multipronged approach to treating the disease – often combining surgery with radiation therapy or chemotherapy (chemoradiation).

Our goal is to precisely remove as much cancerous tissue as possible while minimizing the surgical impact on the body.

Our skilled surgical oncologists, including Kemp Kernstine, M.D., Ph.D., and Scott Reznick, M.D., offer a broad range of state-of-the-art procedures to treat many types of chest cancer – a number of which can be performed minimally invasively, including via robotic surgery.

Minimally invasive and robotic surgery benefits include:

  • No large incisions; puncture wounds only
  • Less postoperative pain and scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Quicker return to mobility and normal activity

UT Southwestern is credited with performing several first robotic chest procedures and techniques, including the world’s first published robotic oncologic esophagectomy. Since that first surgery, we have become one of the highest-volume robotic thoracic surgery centers in the country.

Learn more about surgery for specific chest cancers:

Support Services

Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center offers an array of support services to people undergoing treatment at UT Southwestern for thoracic cancer – and even for those who have been treated in the past. These services range from survivorship seminars to nutrition counseling to support groups.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern participates in clinical trials to test the efficacy and safety of new treatments for chest cancer. Patients who take part in these trials can access therapies that aren’t available at most other health care centers. Ask your doctor if you are eligible to participate in one of our chest cancer trials.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in treating chest cancer, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.