Expert Care for Thoracic Cancers Including Esophagus and Thymus

Thoracic cancers, such as lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and other tumors that involve the chest, lungs, esophagus, thymus, and mediastinum are among the most complex tumors to treat. Our top thoracic specialists will carefully evaluate your health and customize your treatment to provide you with the most advanced, effective, and least invasive treatments available, based on the stage and biology of your cancer.

Treating esophageal and other thoracic cancers requires comprehensive care from a variety of specialists. Your care team includes thoracic surgeons; thoracic medical oncologists who oversee chemotherapy, immunotherapists, radiation oncologists; pathologists; radiologists; nurses; social workers; and others with expertise in the care of people with thoracic cancers.

We don’t just care for you, but about you. In fact, according to Press-Ganey surveys, 99 percent of our patients report satisfaction with their care.

What Treatment and Diagnostic Options are Available for Esophageal and Other Thoracic Cancers?

A wide variety of thoracic cancer experts work together to diagnose, stage and tailor a treatment plan that meets your needs. We may combine surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and/or radiation therapy, choosing the approaches that give you the best chance of a successful outcome.

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We study your tumor to identify genetic mutations and learn about the molecular signals involved in your cancer’s growth. We use the results to match you with targeted therapies, ensuring you receive the therapy that is best suited for the biology of your cancer.  

An imaging method that uses high-energy sound waves to look for tumors and remove a sample of tumor tissue for biopsy. The results of EUS can be used to determine if you are eligible for esophageal cancer surgery.

One of the most recent advances in thoracic cancer care, immunotherapy boosts your natural immune system to help improve your immune response so it targets cancer cells.

A stent, or mesh-like tube, can be inserted to open up an area of the esophagus blocked by a large tumor, relieving pain and allowing food to pass through to improve the quality of life for our patients with inoperable esophageal tumors.

  • External Beam Radiation (EBRT) can be used on its own or in combination with brachytherapy, depending on how aggressive your cancer is. 
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) takes images before and during your treatment to see how you are responding and ensures you’re only receiving what you need.
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is the use of focused, highly precise high-dose radiation over fewer sessions than conventional radiation therapy.

More than 80% of our surgical evaluations and treatments are done with minimally invasive approaches, which results in smaller scars and a faster recovery, including robotic surgery, thoracoscopic surgery, navigational bronchoscopy, and endobronchial ultrasound.
Our Research and Clinical Trials for Thoracic Cancer

We have the largest clinical research team in New Jersey. Our thoracic oncologists are actively involved in clinical trials that assess new treatments that have the potential to be more effective than existing therapies. 

You may be able to receive an innovative therapy, including investigational drugs that other centers do not offer. Your care team will let you know if you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial.

Our Thoracic Cancer Specialists

Our thoracic cancer specialists know the treatment of thoracic cancers is complex, and we support you every step of the way with comprehensive, customized care.

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Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center for Thoracic Cancer Treatment


U.S. News & World Report recognizes Hackensack Meridian John Theurer Cancer Center as the best cancer center in New Jersey.

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Your entire care team works together to make sure your experience with us is a positive one.


Cancer surgeons at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center perform more minimally invasive cancer surgeries than any other center in New Jersey.

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