MUSC Thoracic Cancer Program

thoracic cancer program

Thoracic Cancer Staging

At the core of Hollings Cancer Center’s Thoracic Cancer program is our in-depth staging protocol, which determines the stage of the patient’s cancer and the optimal treatment.  Diagnostic staging procedures used include:

  • CT and PET scans
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound
  • Esophageal Ultrasound
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Mediastinoscopy

For lung cancer patients, staging determines:

  • Tumor size
  • Invasion of surrounding structures
  • Involvement of lymph nodes
  • Spread of the cancer to other sites

For esophageal cancer patients, staging determines:

  • Depth of tumor invasion
  • Involvement of surrounding structures
  • Involvement of regional lymph nodes
  • Spread of the cancer to other sites

Once the staging process is completed, a multidisciplinary team assembles to plan the details of the patient’s treatment.

 
 
 

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