St. Clair Health provides expert thoracic surgeons close to home to support patients through some of their most difficult times. Thoracic surgery focuses on the chest organs, including the heart, lungs, esophagus, and trachea. With technological advances, it has increased the safety and availability of these complex surgical procedures. St. Clair’s Thoracic Surgery team works closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, radiologists, pathologists, and nurse navigators. Frequent collaborative discussions occur with this team of experts to help guide patient care and treatment through every step.
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In this series, Dr. Richard Maley, Jr. discusses common symptoms you may experiences during different stages of lung cancer and the importance of quitting smoking.
An estimated 21,000 people die from lung cancer caused by radon exposure each year making it the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Learn more about radon-related lung cancer from Dr. Maley's patient story below.