Chest Wall Tumors
Chest wall tumors are often noticed by a lump, bump or protrusion in the chest.
A pulmonary (lung) metastasis is cancer that started in another part of the body and spread to the lungs. It’s also called secondary lung cancer or metastatic lung tumors.
A thoracotomy is surgery completed through an incision in the chest wall. A thoracotomy may be used for surgery on the lungs, esophagus, trachea, heart, aorta, or diaphragm. The exact place where the incision is made depends on the reason for the surgery. It is usually across the side of the mid-chest.
Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
VATS is a way to do surgery inside the chest. With open surgery, the physician makes one large incision in your chest. But with VATS, the physician makes several small cuts. VATS also differs from open surgery because the physician does not have to cut through the ribs or breastbone (sternum).