Donate to Mediastinal Tumors Research, Patient Care and Education

Mediastinal tumors are life-threatening growths in the mediastinum, the area behind the breastbone and chest wall, and between the two lungs. Though these tumors can be non-cancerous, they can still be very serious because of their close proximity to the heart, the esophagus, the thymus and trachea, and lymph nodes. Thymoma and lymphoma are the most common types of primary anterior mediastinal tumors. Mediastinal tumors are rare and usually develop in people between the ages of 30-50.

The Thoracic Surgery Program at Northwestern Medicine offers patients with both benign and malignant mediastinal tumors the most modern surgical procedures available. Our highly trained team provides patient-centered care that brings together advanced diagnostic technology, minimally invasive surgical procedures, family services, access to clinical trials and collaborations with referring physicians. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of this exceptional care, you will touch the lives of many patients  affected by mediastinal tumors.

While scientists are still exploring the causes of mediastinal tumors, they have identified certain factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing these types of tumors. Notable risk factors include:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Immune deficiency
  • Gene mutations
  • Infection

Your thoughtful contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will allow scientists at Northwestern Medicine to make progress in discovering a cause for mediastinal tumors. Learning more about this condition will assist with the development of more effective care and will increase the potential to save lives.

Currently, there are many different types of treatment available for mediastinal tumors. A course of treatment for a particular patient usually depends on the tumor’s location and rate of growth. Chemotherapy is usually used to treat lymphoma, whereas surgery is typically required for thymoma. Several surgical procedures are available, including:

  • Open surgery: The sternum is split to allow access for the removal of the thymus gland.
  • Video-assisted thymectomy: An endoscope is inserted through a small incision on the neck to assist with removing the thymus gland.
  • Robot-assisted thymectomy: A mechanical device is used to remove the thymus gland through small incisions in the chest.


Mediastinal Tumors Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

At Northwestern Medicine, physicians and scientists are actively working to make advancements in treatment options for people affected by mediastinal tumors. Meaningful progress is made possible by donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, and your generosity truly has the power to facilitate life-changing breakthroughs in research and treatment that will benefit people with mediastinal tumors.

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