Thoracic Care Team

Thoracic Care Team

The Thoracic Care Team at the University of Virginia takes a team-based approach to offer patients the best treatments for lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, thymoma, and thymic carcinoma.  The multidisciplinary team consists of thoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic radiologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, oncology nurses, psychosocial and palliative care experts as well as researchers.  The team offers patients convenient, "one-stop" evaluations of proven or suspected cancers.  Treatment plans are evidence-based and designed individually for each patient following input from multiple disciplines.

This Program's extensive experience and skill translates into better patient outcomes and smoother recoveries. Our physicians are skilled clinicians as well as active research scientists who are exploring the biology of thoracic malignancies and quickly translating these discoveries to the bedside.  We also provide patients access to leading-edge technology, such as lung-sparing surgery and minimally invasive, video-assisted surgery, and tomotherapy, along with the opportunity to participate in national and institutional clinical trials for non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and esophageal cancer. UVa was the first hospital in the area to obtain a PET-CT scanner, capable of detecting and pinpointing lung cancer in its earliest stages. And our faculty recently pioneered a new technique using microscopic radiotracers to find tiny lesions in the lung earlier than ever before possible.

The Thoracic Oncology Team is part of the University of Virginia Cancer Center, which is a highly ranked National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center.