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Thoracic Oncology Clinic
Providing diagnosis and treatment for patients with esophageal cancer, as well as cancer tumors of the lungs, chest wall, diaphragm and mediastinumThe Thoracic Oncology Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center has assembled a team to provide care to our patients diagnosed with esophageal (and other thoracic) cancers. The team is staffed by:
Learn about The Thoracic Oncology Team - [this page opens onto the U-M Health System's web site].
Why come here for the diagnosis / treatment of esophogeal or thoracic cancer?For patients with esophageal cancer, transhiatal esophagectomy without thoracotomy (removing the esophagus without opening the chest) was pioneered and refined at the University of Michigan by Mark Orringer, M.D. More than 2,000 patients have undergone this operation at the University of Michigan in the past 30 years, giving U-M physicians the most experience with this procedure in the United States.
The operative mortality rate for this procedure at U-M is less than 3%, with an average hospital stay of only seven days. The Thoracic Oncology Program is also a leader in the development of combined modality therapy for esophageal cancer, a therapy in which patients are treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery in an attempt to improve their chances for survival.
The Clinic offers patients:
Support for our patients and their familiesWe understand the stress and confusion a cancer diagnosis can cause. Counseling and emotional support are integral parts of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our support programs include patient education and support groups, a Symptom Management Clinic and many more. Please take time to visit the For Cancer Center Patients area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.
Services and related websites:
Symptom Management & Supportive Care Program: helps those being treated for cancer maintain independence and increase comfort by managing the symptoms of cancer and side effects of its treatment.
PsychOncology Program: helps relieve the numerous negative social and psychological effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment.