Lung cancer is the second most common cancer for both men and women and one of the most lethal. While lung cancer cases are declining as a result of decreasing tobacco smoking rates, the American Cancer Association expects in 2020 to see 200,000 new cases to be diagnosed and 135,000 deaths due to lung cancer nationwide.

Minimally invasive surgery can remove cancerous lung tumors and lead to less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery — and is now being offered to those living between Austin and San Antonio by Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) at Ascension Seton Hays medical center. CTVS cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey McNeil is filling an unmet need for Hays County residents by expanding the cardiothoracic surgical services available.

“Performing these life-saving and life-prolonging surgeries brings the best treatment options to our patients in their local community, where support from family and friends is more readily available,” said Dr. Jeffrey McNeil, chief of Cardiovascular Surgical Services at Ascension Seton Hays. “Patients can avoid having to travel to Houston, Austin or San Antonio.”

For more information on minimally invasive lung cancer surgery, see the recent article in the San Marcos Daily Record.