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Froedtert & The Medical College | Thoracic Cancer Care

Froedtert & The Medical College | Thoracic Cancer Care

Milwaukee is lucky to be home to one of the most known cancer research and treatment centers in the world. The Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin began serving the public in 1980.

As lung cancer is known as the deadliest form of cancer, its speedy and effective diagnosis is of primary importance. For those afflicted with this form of cancer, the Thoracic Cancer Program can give them the support needed to overcome these crippling illnesses. The team consists of a wide variety of medical specialists including Dr. Mario Gasparri, a specialist in thoracic surgery and one of the nation’s leading experts on malignant mesothelioma. Joining him is Dr. William Tisol, a cardiothoracic surgeon with fine expertise in thoracic oncology.

The Cancer Program uses a variety of rigorous treatment options including traditional options, such as chemotherapy, and other more innovative means. Collaboration is essential for the best cancer care, so doctors and patients alike frequently communicate to create the best path to recovery.


While thoracic cancers, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, fare poorly with conventional therapies, the Thoracic Cancer Program is realizing successes with its collaborative approach. To succeed in its mission to further lung cancer research, the Thoracic Cancer Program team engages in weekly tumor board meetings to develop and administer personalized patient treatment plans, including such state-of-the-art therapies as:

  • Surgically assisted procedures performed by robotic means

  • Radiofrequency ablation

  • Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery

Scientists and physicians both direct their attention to an encompassing spectrum of various cancers to provide the best treatment for patients. Due to this, many clinical trials have taken place that have led to the development of cancer treatment options such a TomoTherapy.

Through Froedtert Health, a regional hospital system including partnerships with local and state-wide facilities, this institution has emerged as a top-tier cancer resource for Wisconsin and the surrounding region. As a result, patients have access to advanced medical practice care in 37 specialties and subspecialties. This hospital functions as a major training and research facility. The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state’s largest private research institution, while Froedtert Hospital is the major teaching hospital.

More than 39,000 patients were seen at the various Froedtert hospitals in 2009 alone. These facilities and physicians consistently rank highly on prestigious surveys, like U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Doctors in America” list. The Froedtert family includes 4,000 staff members, including more than more than 1,000 physicians representing every specialty and subspecialty in medicine.

A wide array of medical, nursing and health technical students pursue research in cancer and other fields and regularly participate in over 2,000 active clinical trials each year, including those sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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