Cancers We Treat Lung, Chest & Esophageal Cancer

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When you have lung, chest or esophageal cancer, it’s vital to have a team with deep experience that can guide you every step of the way through diagnosis, treatment care and survivorship.

By combining their highly specialized skills with a team approach, our thoracic cancer experts keep the focus on you with a personalized treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs and offer the greatest chance of a cure.

"Advanced treatments for chest (thoracic) cancers have transformed our ability to provide cancer care to far more patients, including those who previously would not have been considered for treatment in the past, enabling us to make an even bigger impact on beating this disease."

– Bill Putnam, MD

WHY CHOOSE BAPTIST MD Anderson? Advanced Treatment & Care

Lung, chest and esophageal cancer patients benefit from the most advanced care available at Baptist MD Anderson. We emphasize minimally invasive treatment options that can help you recover faster and quickly return to normal everyday activities.

Our thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists have vast experience in treating both simple and complex lung, chest and esophageal tumors, and are highly skilled in advanced treatments, including:

  • endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery
  • individually-tailored radiation therapy to minimize or eliminate effects on normal tissue

In addition, we offer new targeted therapies and clinical trials – including immune therapies, emerging and innovative treatments – that harness the body’s own natural cancer-fighting ability.

Whether your cancer is early-stage or more advanced, our goal is to preserve function, provide faster recovery, and enhance your quality of life while treating the cancer and reducing the risk of cancer recurrence.

What We Treat

  • Lung cancer – all types
  • Pleural diseases including pleural effusion and infection, and pleural cancer such as mesothelioma
  • Neuroendocrine (“carcinoid”) tumors
  • Chest wall tumors – primary or metastatic
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Thymoma
  • Large cell carcinoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Rare lung tumors
  • Tracheal (“wind-pipe” or airway) tumors

Contact Us

If you have any questions, we have you covered. We have nurse navigators available to guide you through every step of your care. Request an appointment or speak to a nurse navigator by phone or online.

OUR LOCATION Lung & Thoracic Cancer Clinic

Within our specialized, multidisciplinary clinics, we bring together our team of experts to care for your mind, body and spirit - all under one roof. Each of our clinics are singularly focused on your specific needs and treatment.

Need Directions? The lung and thoracic cancer clinic is located in the main Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Floor 6 of our cancer center.

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BAPTIST MD Anderson IS HERE TO Take Care of You

Wherever you are in your journey, we’re here to help you in your fight against cancer. Our team of experts can help you navigate the whirlwind of emotions and decisions through every aspect of your care.

Find a Doctor

Our care team brings medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists together for each patient.

"Early detection is critical when it comes to lung cancer. If it’s caught at stage 1, the cure rate is about 70 percent."

— John Vu, MD, Medical Oncologist

Are you at risk of developing lung cancer? Early detection can save your life. If you’re concerned about your lung cancer risk, please consider screening.