Thoracic

The experts specializing in thoracic oncology provide multidisciplinary care for patients diagnosed with thoracic cancers. The care team includes specialists in pulmonary medicine (treating diseases of the lung) or gastroenterology (treating diseases of the esophagus) working with experts in radiology, thoracic surgery, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and interventional radiology. 

Because lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers—developing when abnormalities occur in either the lungs or the bronchi (the air tubes leading to the lungs), the Center has a dedicated Lung Cancer Clinic, where patients with known or suspected lung tumors are evaluated by a team of thoracic specialists.
 

  • Esophageal cancer and some precancerous conditions relating to the esophagus
  • Lung Cancer
    • Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
    • Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC)
  • Carcinoid tumors (a slow-growing type of tumor usually found in the gastrointestinal system, and sometimes in the lungs or other sites)
  • Tracheal cancer
  • Mesothelioma (a tumor that may or may not be cancerous affecting the lining of the chest or abdomen)
     

Depending on the stage and other characteristics of thoracic cancer, a combination of therapies may be used. 

South Shore Health offers patients screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT)—the only recommended screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident. Learn More.

Thoracic Surgical Team

Dr. Chris Ducko, Thoracic Surgeon

Christopher T. Ducko, MD

Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Oncology
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Dr. Jaklitsch, MD, Thoracic Surgeon

Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Cancer News

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