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Lung and Esophageal Cancer Research and Treatment Center

Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas
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Treating lung, esophageal and other cancers of the chest

If you or someone you love is facing a diagnosis of lung, esophageal or another cancer of the chest, turn to experts at the Chest Cancer Research and Treatment Center, an integral part of Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas. Our dedicated, comprehensive cancer team will apply advanced medicine, treatments and research to bring hope and healing to our patients and their caregivers. Our patients come first, and we work together to provide quality and compassionate care.

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Cancers treated

Our team specializes in the treatment of cancers of the chest, including:

Lung cancer
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Lung cancer usually starts in the lining of the bronchi when cells in the tissue begin to grow rapidly. This can also start in other areas of the lungs, such as the bronchioles or alveoli. This is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

Esophageal cancer
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Esophageal cancer is when the cells in any part of the esophagus begin to abnormally grow at a fast rate. There are two types of esophageal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.

Malignant mesothelioma
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Malignant mesothelioma is an abnormal growth of mesothelial cells. These cells form a lining called the mesothelium. This lining protects the outer surface of organs, such as the lungs, stomach and heart. The most common form of mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the lungs.

Carcinoid
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Carcinoid tumors are a type of slow-growing cancer that can arise in several places throughout your body. Carcinoid tumors, which are one subset of tumors called neuroendocrine tumors, usually begin in the digestive tract (stomach, appendix, small intestine, colon, rectum) or in the lungs.

Thymoma
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A thymoma is a tumor originating from the epithelial cells of the thymus that may be benign or malignant. Thymomas are frequently associated with the neuromuscular disorder myasthenia gravis; thymoma is found in 20% of patients with myasthenia gravis. Once diagnosed, thymomas may be removed surgically.

Mediastinal tumors
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Mediastinal tumors are growths that form in the area of the chest that separates the lungs. This area, called the mediastinum, is surrounded by the breastbone in front, the spine in back, and the lungs on each side.

Our team approach

Every patient has a personalized plan of care, which is discussed with a team of multidisciplinary experts at our cancer conferences where we collaboratively discuss, evaluate and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for each unique patient.

In addition to physician and nursing experts, the care team at the Chest Cancer Research and Treatment Center includes specialists in the following areas:

Treatment options

Treatment plans for patients with cancers of the chest will be determined by their care team based on the patient's personal preferences, age, medical history, cancer type and stage of cancer. Patients can be treated with any combination of:

Medical leadership

David P. Mason, MD
Surgical Director, Lung and Esophageal Cancer Care; Chief, Department of Thoracic Surgery

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Kartik Konduri, MD
Co-Medical Director, Lung and Esophageal Cancer Research and Treatment Center

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Ronan Kelly, MD, MBA
Chief of Oncology, Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas: Director of Oncology, Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center

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Granger Scruggs, MD
Co-Medical Director, Lung and Esophageal Cancer Research and Treatment Center

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