Center for Thoracic Oncology
Diseases & Conditions
Diaphragm Tumor - Treatments
How are Diaphragm Tumors Treated?
After a careful evaluation of your condition, we will recommend the treatment that is appropriate to your particular circumstances. Treating diaphragm tumors generally involves some combination of the following:
Using chemotherapeutic drugs to kill cancer cells may be used before or after surgery, alone, or in combination with other treatments such as radiation treatment. These medications are usually given intravenously but may occasionally be given in pill form.
Radiation may be given prior to or after surgery alone or in combination with chemotherapy. High-energy waves are applied to the neck, chest or abdominal areas (depending on the location of your cancer) to kill these cancer cells.
The surgeon removes (resects) some or all of a tumor.