University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

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University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Division of Cardiothoracic SurgeryDivision of Cardiothoracic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: 215.662.4000

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). The University of Pennsylvania Health System also includes: The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, as well as several notable suburban locations.

UPHC has affiliations with Health Network, Bayhealth Medical Center , Cape Regional Medical Center , The Chester County Hospital, Chestnut Hill HealthCare, Holy Redeemer Health System, Nazareth Hospital , Phoenixville Hospital , Shore Memorial Hospital , and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Voted by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals, 2007, The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s mission is “to create the future of medicine through patient care and service excellence, educational pre-eminence, new knowledge and innovation, and national and international leadership.” University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Medical Center and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are home to dozens of departments, specialists, divisions, and research programs.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is also home to the Division of Thoracic Surgery. The Division of Thoracic Surgery is considered a leader in the treatment of chests diseases – a reputation that crosses all continents. Under the direction of Division Chief Dr. Joel D. Cooper, the Thoracic Surgery Program performs more than 1200 operations each year, and it specializes in non-cardiac thoracic pathology. In addition to mesothelioma, this includes: benign and malignant pulmonary lesions including lung cancer, benign and malignant esophageal disease, mediastinal masses, thymoma, myasthenia gravis, chest wall diseases, pleural effusions, and hyperhidrosis.

While treatment options are customized for each individual patient, treatment options may include: surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. In some cases, patients receive more than one type of treatment. Because combined treatments offer the best chance at survival, patients may receive a combination of all three treatments. Keep in mind that the main methods used to treat cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, and various forms of radiation therapy.

At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Division of Thoracic Surgery, cancer patients receive treatment from the Thoracic Surgery Team, a nursing staff that also specializes in thoracic procedures, and anesthesiologists trained specifically in the field of chest anesthesia. In addition, patients are also cared for on a floor filled with nurses, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists that have training and special interest in thoracic surgery and thoracic surgery patients.