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Why Choose NYU?

NYU Helps You Make the Best Decision

The NYU Division of Thoracic Surgery provides up-to-the-minute surgical and non-surgical therapies for chest diseases including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, mesothelioma, pulmonary metastases, boney tumors of the chest wall and other problems of the airway.

Many Disciplines, One Goal

At NYU, we strive to offer each patient personalized, informative care with unique, effective treatment options. Our team of professionals-specialists in medical oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, pulmonary medicine, radiology and pathology-meets weekly to discuss your condition, consider your lifestyle and needs, and formulate the best, balanced approach for your treatment.

We specialize in patients:

  • Interested in participating in a clinical trial

  • Under consideration for two or more concurrent therapies

  • Ineligible for surgical therapy due to limited pulmonary function

  • With abnormalities of the chest (benign or malignant, diagnosed or suspected, local or regional)

  • Who have undergone surgery for malignancies of the chest within six weeks of being seen at the NYU Cancer Center

Whether you are seeking a second opinion or ready to initiate your treatment, we encourage you to see one of our specialists to learn the newest diagnostic and treatment options and make an informed decision.

Our Bench-to-Bedside Research Improves the Treatment You Get

Research serves as an important part of our commitment to furthering patient care. We collaborate to discover new diagnostic and treatment modalities to improve patient outcome. We are committed to state-of-the-art surgical management and to developing novel treatment strategies using clinical trials. Through studies like these we make clinically relevant "bench-to-bedside" discoveries in early detection and develop targeted therapies.

NYU provides the newest in pioneering treatments, including:

  • finding early cancers using specialized scopes and cameras in the airway

  • the performance of guided biopsies of lymph nodes in the chest using radar, ie. ultrasound

  • the treatment of airway cancers with new laser techniques such as light and drug based therapies called photodynamic therapy

  • investigation of non-surgical techniques to destroy lung cancers in patients who cannot be operated on, as well as to use trials to see if radiation therapy can kill these cancers

  • use of specialized tubes to relieve blockages of the windpipe and esophagus

Less Invasive Surgery Means Less Pain

Our minimally invasive surgery program incorporates video-assisted and "open chest" techniques along with new methods for post-operative pain relief. Procedures, which involve using cameras and thin light to operate through very small incisions, can be performed in the chest, belly, esophagus, and the lungs.

Every technique that we improve and each breakthrough we make help us accomplish our mission to provide you with the most compassionate, effective care and treatment.