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).

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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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 [...]
Clinical trials key to lung cancer patient’s survival
Jul 12, 2019

Second opinion leads to less-invasive treatment for esophageal cancer

By Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Team @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam
From the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog:When Mike DiGennaro was diagnosed with stage 1 esophageal cancer, he wanted a minimally invasive treatment option. He found that and more at Mayo Clinic. Find Mike's full story here.
Second opinion leads to less-invasive treatment for esophageal cancer
Jan 21, 2019

Lung Cancer Care Close to Home

By Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Team @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam
From the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog: After his diagnosis, when Kurt was asked where he wanted to receive care, his answer was Mayo Clinic. He was told Eyad Al-Hattab, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist in nearby Barron and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, could see him in Cumberland the next day. [...]
Lung Cancer Care Close to Home
Dec 17, 2018

Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring

By Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Team @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam
From the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog: When Nicole Eisenmann and Mike Loggie became engaged, they held out hope for a dream wedding. When that day was repeatedly postponed due to Nicole's lengthy cancer treatment, the couple decided to stop planning and embrace the present instead. Read [...]
Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring
Oct 31, 2018

Anyone with Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer

By Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Team @mayoclinicchestsurgeryteam
From the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog. As a Mayo Clinic physician, healthy routines were part of Cathy Madaffari's daily life. Yet in 2015, the former marathoner and mom of three found herself in a surprising role reversal when, instead of being a doctor talking a patient through [...]
Anyone with Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer

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