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Thoracic surgery

The department of thoracic surgery specialises in the surgical treatment of chest diseases.

It is one of the largest lung cancer practices in the UK and is one of only two centres participating in the mesothelioma and radical surgery trial (MARS).

The most common problems we deal with are:

  • lung cancer
  • cancer of the lining around the lung (mesothelioma)
  • cancer from elsewhere in the body (lung metastases)
  • lung collapse due to air (pneumothorax), fluid (pleural effusion) or infection (empyema).

Patients may have experienced shortness of breath, a persistent cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, fevers, a chest infection or weight loss. Their symptoms are usually investigated with a chest x-ray or CT scan of the chest.

The most common operations we perform are video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS), which is a form of keyhole surgery, and removal of part (or all) of the lung. We also diagnose and treat other chest pathologies such as mediastinal tumours, cysts or infections.