Established in September 2005, the Division of Thoracic Surgery at NYU Medical Center provides patients with up-to-the-minute surgical and non-surgical therapies for chest diseases. Through involvement in programs such as the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP) as well as by instituting a variety of clinical trials in all aspects of thoracic surgery, we strive to offer personalized, informative care with unique, effective treatment options. Moreover, with the addition of the New York Thoracic Surgery Laboratory at Bellevue, The Division of Throacic Surgery is investigating novel early detection markers as well as novel therapies for benign and malignant diseases of the chest.
Many Disciplines, One Goal
The NYU Thoracic Oncology Program uses a multidisciplinary approach to effectively diagnose and treat the problem. A team of professionals, including specialists in medical oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, pulmonary medicine, radiology and pathology collaborate to provide a balanced approach to solving a variety of thoracic problems.
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
Our Bench-to-Bedside Approach Improves Your Patient's Treatment Options
Research serves as an important part of our commitment to furthering patient care. We collaborate with other researchers to discover new diagnostic and treatment modalities to improve patient outcome. We are committed to state-of-the-art surgical management and 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.
We provide the newest in pioneering treatments, including:
early detection of airway malignancies with fluorescence bronchoscopy
novel diagnostic and staging modalities including endobronchial ultrasound
novel endobronchial treatment strategies including photodynamic therapy
investigation of non-surgical techniques selectively used for destruction of lung cancer nodules, including radiofrequency ablation and stereotactic radiation
use of stents to relieve blockages of the windpipe and esophagus
investigation of the use of replaceable stents in the windpipe and esophagus
Less Invasive Surgery, Less Post-Op Pain
Our minimally invasive surgery program incorporates video-assisted and "open chest" techniques along with new methods for post-operative pain relief. Procedures include:
video-assisted thoracoscopy for the chest
video-assisted laparoscopy for the abdomen
video-assisted procedures on benign lesions of the esophagus and lungs
minimally invasive esophagectomy and pulmonary resection