CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center provides minimally invasive and traditional surgical treatment options for cancers of the chest and lungs.
Lung cancer is a complex disease that requires many approaches to treat it effectively, and that often includes surgery. But minimally invasive techniques and advanced technologies available only at CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center are changing the way people think about surgery - and lung cancer care.
"There's not one treatment or one consistent behavior of cancer. Two cancers with the same name will act differently," says Rob Headrick, M.D., board certified thoracic surgeon at CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center. "That's why we have to look into our tool kit and choose the approach that keeps the cancer off guard and ultimately eliminates it."
In the past, fear of lung cancer surgery was sometimes greater than the fear of cancer itself. Minimally invasive techniques, specialized scopes and robotic surgery using the daVinci® robotic surgical system are innovative tools surgeons use to minimize pain and maximize effectiveness. These advances are offering surgeons new ways to protect patients and their immune systems while finding the most effective way for the cancer to be attacked. Other improvements in anesthesia medications and enhanced recovery techniques are making recovery faster and easier than ever before.
The Recognized Leader in Lung Care
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded CHI Memorial a 3-star rating, the highest quality patient outcome rating that's only awarded to a small percentage of cardiothoracic programs in the United States.