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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Nov 29, 2017

#First 2 Burst Challenge

By Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Team, @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam


Many of you recall the famous ALS ice bucket challenge that went viral a few years back. This annual event has raised significant dollars for ALS research and lead to an important discovery in the disease.

#First2Burst has a similar goal: raise awareness as well as dollars specifically for Lung Cancer research. Using an ordinary balloon (or an app on your iPhone) you can challenge friends, co-workers, family, the coffee barista, your mail carrier... to be the first to burst and blow lung cancer away. Share your video on your favorite social media outlet and get the word out - if you have lungs you can get lung cancer. You can also use the comment feature of this post to link your video.

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We completed the challenge – share your videos too!!


Do the challenge and email to all of your friends and help Linda “L” Run to Team Draft Super Bowl Challenge to create awareness about lung cancer and funds for Mayo Clinic Thorasic Lung Cancer Research. Thank you


Some of the Thoracic Surgery Nurses doing the challenge.


Hey Connect
You Rock. 11 seconds and 1 breath is my best!
I am so grateful for your time and willingness to
help Save Lungs & Lives so together we can raise
funds for Mayo Clinic Lung Cancer Research and help the brilliant doctors and researchers at Mayo Clinic Blow Lung Cancer Away!
Let’s win this fight together and spread awareness
at the 2018 Super Bowl
Thank you for all you do!
Linda “L”

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