Radiation oncologists demonstrate in an early clinical trial that the radiation beam can be carefully “sculpted” to deliver the majority of a dose directly to the tumor while effectively sparing tissues in the side of the esophagus away from the affected lung.
Explore the Center for Thoracic Cancers
About the Center for Thoracic Cancers
The Center for Thoracic Cancers provides individualized, compassionate care and the most advanced treatments for patients with thoracic cancers, including:
The Center for Thoracic Cancers offers a collaborative, caring approach to the diagnosis and treatment of our patients. Consistently ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report, we provide the latest, most effective treatments including many innovative approaches to clinical care and promising new therapies.
Multidisciplinary Patient Care
Our team approach ensures that every patient benefits from a personalized, coordinated and compassionate treatment plan that includes leading experts across many specialties. Depending on the stage and other characteristics of your cancer, this treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these therapies.
We work collaboratively with surgeons in Massachusetts General Hospital's Gastroesophageal Surgery Program, who specialize in complex surgical techniques to treat patients with esophageal cancers.
Members of your care team meet regularly with you and contact your referring physician on an ongoing basis to ensure clear communication and a seamless coordination of care.
Meet the Team
Meet our multidisciplinary team of thoracic cancer specialists.
- Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
- Hermes C. Grillo Professor of Surgery
- Director, Center for Thoracic Cancers
- Director of Targeted Immunotherapy
- Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
- Director, Thoracic Oncology, Division of Thoracic Surgery
- Associate Professor Harvard Medical School
- Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology
- Co-Director, Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program
- Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
- Director, Thoracic Radiation Oncology Program
- Director, Radiation Biology & Research Program
- Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Patient Education and Resources
A checklist of items to bring with you for your first visit and helpful information.
- Sep | 11 | 2020
Lung screening has the potential to detect lung cancer at earlier stages when it has the best chance of being cured. Learn more in this video from Jo-Anne Shepard, MD, Thoracic Radiologist at the Mass General Cancer Center.
- Nov | 26 | 2019
Dr. Jennifer Temel, Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology, sat down with 98.5 The Sports Hub's Bob Socci to discuss a new effort at the Mass General Cancer Center to offer patients who may have a lung cancer diagnosis next day appointments.
- Patient Story
- Jun | 7 | 2019
A lifelong Massachusetts resident, Jerry Remy knew coming to the Mass General Cancer Center was putting his care in the best hands possible.
- Nov | 26 | 2019
Mass General Cancer Center’s Dr. Jennifer Temel, Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology, explains what patients can expect during a multidisciplinary appointment.
- Patient Story
- Jul | 13 | 2017
Bob O’Mara is both a current patient and volunteer at the Cancer Center. When applying to volunteer, he knew exactly what he wanted to do: "Snack cart guy."