Chest Surgery

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Page. Chest surgery at Mayo Clinic (also known as thoracic surgery) involves the organs of the chest, but extends to the esophagus (tube between mouth and stomach), the trachea (airway) and the chest wall (ribs cage and breastbone).

Follow this page to stay up-to-date on clinical trial research, patient stories and useful information for all of your thoracic needs. Our goal is to connect you to others to become informed decision makers. Post a comment and share your thoughts.

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Oct 16, 2017

Your Thoracic Surgery Team

By Mark S. Allen, M.D. @MarkAllenMD
Dr. Mark Allen, General Thoracic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota, describes the team-based approach to surgical care at within the thoracic surgery team. Your surgery team extends beyond the surgeon but also includes residents/fellows (surgeons in training) and nurses as part of a cast people that will interact with [...]
Your Thoracic Surgery Team
Oct 9, 2017

Meet Dr. Shanda Blackmon

By Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H. @ShandaBlackmonMD
Meet Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Rochester, Minnesota campus. Dr. Blackmon has a passion for working with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and shares that she came to Mayo Clinic because "this is the place where miracles happen." Helpful Links Learn more about Dr. [...]
Meet Dr. Shanda Blackmon
Sep 11, 2017

Researchers identify gene in lung cancer development

By mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified a gene that promotes a major form of lung cancer. "In this paper we demonstrated for the first time that Ect2 is required for tumor formation in mice," said Alan P. Fields, Ph.D., a cancer biologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, and [...]
Researchers identify gene in lung cancer development
Sep 5, 2017

Largest study of its kind reveals women have superior response to esophageal cancer treatment

By K Robert Shen, M.D. @RobertShenMD
"Esophageal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world," said senior author K. Robert Shen, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. "It affects men and women differently. Men are more at risk to develop this cancer, and it appears that women respond better to the treatments." [...]
Largest study of its kind reveals women have superior response to esophageal cancer treatment
Apr 10, 2017

Pectus excavatum patient William Kranz tells his story

By Dawn E. Jaroszewski, M.D. @DawnJaroszewskiMD
Meet William Kranz, a Mayo Clinic Arizona patient, shown with his surgeon Dawn Jaroszewski, M.D. William shares his story that at age of 33 he finally had a name to his condition. Thanks to Dr. Jaroszewski's surgical expertise in adult pectus excavatum, William feels he has a new life. Helpful [...]
Pectus excavatum patient William Kranz tells his story
Apr 5, 2017

3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

By Mark S. Allen, M.D. @MarkAllenMD
In late 2016, Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark Allen, M.D. was part of a surgical team that used a 3D printed model to help them prepare to remove a rare, intrusive pancoast tumor. The tumor had grown in the chest of a patient, between his ribs and among the vessels [...]
3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries
Apr 4, 2017

Mayo Clinic Minute: Blood-based lung cancer test shows promise

By mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam
In a new study by Mayo Clinic and the molecular diagnostics company Exact Sciences, a blood-based cancer test has shown high accuracy for detecting lung cancer at all stages. Full article posted April 4, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Minute Helpful Links Learn more about lung cancer screening Get support in the [...]
Mayo Clinic Minute: Blood-based lung cancer test shows promise
Mar 30, 2017

Renaissance in Medicine

By Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D. @DennisWigleMD
Renaissance means rebirth or regeneration. Every few generations medicine takes a major turn. We’re at one of those junctures now with regenerative medicine — where healing is triggered from within the human body. It’s bringing a whole new universe to how physicians provide care. Full article published March 2017, Discovery's [...]
Renaissance in Medicine
Nov 23, 2016

Body Builder Regains Energy After Surgery for Myasthenia Gravis

By Mathew Thomas, M.D. @MathewThomasMD
Full story at Sharing Mayo Clinic A unique surgical approach In March 2013, Robert met Mathew Thomas, M.D., in Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. Dr. Thomas thought Robert might be a candidate for robotic thymectomy, a minimally invasive procedure where the thymus gland is removed through three small incisions on the side of the body. [...]
Body Builder Regains Energy After Surgery for Myasthenia Gravis
Oct 19, 2016

Unique Treatment Option Cures Cushing Syndrome for Jessie Brown

By K Robert Shen, M.D. @RobertShenMD
Full Story at Sharing Mayo Clinic A team approach brings success Before moving forward, however, Dr. Bancos consulted with K. Robert Shen, M.D., a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon, to see if there might be an alternative. Dr. Shen reviewed Jessie’s case and had an idea. He wanted another expert to confirm [...]
Unique Treatment Option Cures Cushing Syndrome for Jessie Brown
Oct 11, 2016

Lung Regeneration

By Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D. @DennisWigleMD
There are hundreds of thousands of patients in the United States with end stage lung disease. Many of them are not candidates for lung transplantation or other therapies. Learn now lung regeneration, through the use of existing cells to build an artificial lung, is building a brighter future for patients [...]
Lung Regeneration
Jul 5, 2016

Regenerative Medicine Offering New Treatment for Bronchopleural Fistulas

By Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D. @DennisWigleMD
When current treatment isn’t enough, patients at Mayo Clinic often are among the first to benefit from innovative therapies, new techniques and technologies. For the first time in human application, Mayo Clinic researchers successfully closed an open wound on the upper chest caused by postoperative complications of lung removal. The [...]
Regenerative Medicine Offering New Treatment for Bronchopleural Fistulas
Jan 20, 2016

3D Printing of Patients' Anatomy Aids in Surgical Planning

By Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H. @ShandaBlackmonMD
Original Story from Sharing Mayo Clinic Not all great advances in surgery happen in the operating room. Some are coming off the printer – a 3D printer. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists and surgeons are teaming up to discover every possible detail about complex cases, before the operation. In some situations, it [...]
3D Printing of Patients' Anatomy Aids in Surgical Planning
Nov 21, 2014

Seeing Cancer Sooner with CT Lung Scans

By Stephen D. Cassivi, M.D. @StephenCassiviMD
As the number one cancer killer, lung cancer claims more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. To help detect it sooner, when it’s far more treatable, Mayo Clinic has launched a Lung Cancer Screening Program. For some, the process is already proving to be a life saver. Helpful [...]
Nov 17, 2014

Chromosomal Rearrangements Help Distinguish Between Independent Primary Tumors and Metastasis

By Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D. @DennisWigleMD
A diagnostic test based on chromosomal rearrangements can trace the lineage of lung cancer to determine whether two separate lung cancers in the same patient are independent tumors or a tumor that has spread to another region of the lung, a Mayo Clinic study has found. For patients with multiple [...]