Dr. Douglas Wood is a UW professor and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In this video he explains why getting treated at a cancer center such as SCCA is so important to outcomes.
In many parts of the country, at least half of the patients with lung cancer are operated on surgeons that are not thoracic surgeons. We have found a consistent pattern of improved outcomes in patients that have their lung cancer surgery by thoracic surgeons. There is clear evidence, particularly in lung and esophageal cancer, that hospitals and centers that take care of more patients with these specific cancers have better outcomes both short term and long term.