Center for Thoracic Oncology
Diseases & Conditions
Mediastinal Tumors - Treatments
How are Mediastinal Tumors Treated?
Mediastinal tumor treatment depends on whether or not the tumor is cancerous, its stage, and your overall health.
After taking all of these factors into consideration, your surgeon may recommend:
Surgery and Minimally Invasive Procedures
At BMC, our thoracic oncologists can help treat mediastinal tumors through several procedures. The goal of mediastinal surgery is to remove the tumor and spare as much of the healthy tissue as possible.
The surgical techniques to remove mediastinal tumors include:
In mediastinal tumor resection, the surgeon removes (resects) some or all of a tumor. There are several types of mediastinal tumor resection, including:
Non-Surgical Cancer Treatments
Surgery or minimally invasive treatments for malignant mediastinal tumors are typically used in combination with other treatments, including:
Using chemotherapeutic drugs to kill cancer cells is often used after surgery, alone, or in combination with other treatments. These medications are given orally in pill form or intravenously, through a needle or catheter in your arm or a long-term catheter called a port put under the skin on your chest.
Radiation (or radiotherapy) may be given prior to or after surgery and in combination with chemotherapy. High-energy waves are applied to the chest area to kill cancer cells.