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 (rib cage and breastbone).

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Jul 12, 2019

Clinical trials key to lung cancer patient’s survival

By Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Team, @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam

From the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog:

In 2014, Katherine Bensen — a young, healthy nonsmoker — learned her persistent cough was caused by stage IV lung cancer. She's found one key to successfully fighting it: clinical trials.

"I've exhausted four different targeted-therapy drugs," Katherine tells KSTP-TV. But thanks to clinical trials, doctors at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus have had something new to offer her each time a therapy has failed. And that, KSTP reports, has allowed Katherine to beat the odds.

Read Katherine's full story here.

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