Carol G. Simon Cancer Center is home to the largest thoracic surgical program in the state. Our Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Program at Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center offers a range of advanced treatment services for thoracic cancers, including:
- Esophageal resection – Depending upon the stage of the cancer, this procedure is performed before or after chemotherapy and radiation. It removes cancerous portions of the esophagus and based upon the location of the cancer, can be performed three different ways: three-incision esophagectomy, transhiatal esophagectomy and transthoracic esophagectomy
- Esophageal stenting – During this procedure, a stent is inserted to help improve patients’ ability to breath and eat.
- Lobectomy – This surgery removes the entire malignancy within the lung and any involved nearby lymph nodes. Real-time pathological review of the removed tissue may be used to help determine how extensive the cancer is at the time of surgery.
- Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) – This minimally invasive procedure is used to diagnose and treat thoracic cancers. It results in shorter operating times, hospitalization and recovery time.
Our physicians are active in major clinical trials for new drug therapies, devices and procedures to treat thoracic cancer. We are currently enrolled in a clinical trial designed to determine the effects of chemotherapy and radiation before and after surgery for the treatment of esophageal cancer using novel targeted anti-cancer drugs. Participation in most clinical trials is provided free of charge to the patient.
Thoracic cancer patients are treated with the latest protocols in chemotherapy
Patients who are not considered fit for surgical removal of tumors due to health issues or advanced disease may be candidates for procedures that improve, or palliate, their cancer symptoms. We perform esophageal dilation and stenting for people who may develop an obstruction caused by esophageal cancer and are unable to ingest liquid or solid food.
- Brachytherapy – a radiation therapy in which radiation sources are placed in the body at the site of the tumor
- CyberKnife – available at Overlook Medical, Cyberknife is a non-invasive, highly accurate radiosurgical device that uses a combination of robotics and sophisticated image-guidance technology to deliver painless, precisely targeted doses of radiation to tumors
Follow-up care is a vital part of every thoracic cancer treatment. Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s inpatient facilities are staffed by an award-winning nursing team and equipped with telemetry monitoring in every patient room. Our physicians work with experts in other specialties, including pulmonary medicine, medical oncology, radiation therapy, ENT, infectious disease and cardiology, to provide coordinated, individualized follow-up services. In addition, medical experts in our respiratory therapy program provide guidance and monitoring throughout the recovery process, and a dedicated social worker is available to all patients throughout diagnosis and treatment. Smoking cessation and nutritional support is offered, as well.