Our Thoracic Cancer Program focuses exclusively on cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest cavity


  • Non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
  • Mesothelioma: Cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs or abdomen, caused by inhalation of asbestos or radon.
  • Mediastinal tumors: Rare cancers that develop in the chest cavity in the area between the lungs.
  • Esophageal cancer: More than 15,000 new cases of cancer of the esophagus are diagnosed in the U.S. every year.


Comprehensive Expertise for Treatment of Thoracic Cancers

People with lung cancer, esophageal cancer or other cancers of the chest cavity usually need several different types of treatment. The Thoracic Cancer Program includes a complete team of specialist physicians with expertise in every treatment option. These physicians work closely to make sure every patient receives fully coordinated care that offers the best chance for survival

As an academic medical center, staff at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, are always researching and carefully evaluating new treatment approaches, putting us at the forefront of the latest techniques, therapies and options.

In weekly tumor board meetings, team members collaborate to provide patients with the most effective treatment plans. Patients receive the expert advice of many specialists, often without having to see each one individually. 

We are different, because we combine a multidisciplinary approach, cutting edge expertise and comprehensive care to give our patients the best chance of survival. 

When caught early, lung cancer is curable. Even if a lung cancer is not curable, it is still treatable. Treatments include:

Treatment can often extend life, but also decreases some of the symptoms caused by lung cancer.

Second Opinion for Lung Cancer

A lung cancer second opinion can provide you with the reassurance that a lung cancer diagnosis is accurate and that you know all of the treatments options available to you. Learn more about our Cancer Second Opinion Program.

Patient Resources

Thoracic cancers are challenging diseases. Learn about what questions you can ask to help prepare for your appointment:


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U.S. News High-Performing Lung Cancer Surgery

Nationally Ranked and High Performing

Froedtert Hospital is nationally ranked for three medical specialties, including pulmonology. Froedtert Hospital is also recognized as high performing in 11 types of care, including lung cancer surgery.
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