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Southcoast Health Thoracic Surgery –
In partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

We are excited to announce our recent thoracic surgery partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This unique relationship provides our thoracic surgery patients with the combination of expanded access to advanced care and comprehensive services, without the need to travel to Boston.

In addition, to support lung cancer patients across southeastern Massachusetts with streamlined diagnosis and treatment, all patients will have access to highly experienced specialists in surgery, medical oncology, pulmonary, radiation oncology, and radiology.

Meet the Thoracic Surgery Team

Studies have shown that a multidisciplinary approach is the gold standard for lung cancer treatment, and it results in better outcomes for patients. That’s why we have partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to expand our thoracic surgery program and its team of highly advanced and experienced clinicians at Southcoast Health.

The patient and family, together with the primary and consulting physicians, are also critical members of our team.

Click on the photos below to learn more about the providers on our thoracic surgery team.

Tammy Gleeson, DO
Thoracic Surgery
Desiree Steimer, MD
Thoracic Surgery
Paula Ugalde, MD
Thoracic Surgery
Ashley Racette, PA-C
Thoracic Surgery

Access to the Latest Treatment Options for Lung & Esophageal Cancer

With the significant developments in lung and esophageal cancer treatment in recent years, we are able to provide the very latest technology at the Southcoast Health Cancer Center.

Our advanced thoracic care includes:

  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) — a minimally invasive approach to lung surgery performed by thoracic surgeons on our team
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy treatment (SBRT) — a new technology used in early stage lung cancers to reduce and often eradicate small malignancies without traditional surgery
  • Molecular diagnostic testing — helps physicians pinpoint the most effective chemotherapy to best fight your individual type of cancer
  • EUS for staging — minimally invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize the layers of the esophageal wall and surrounding tissues
  • Esophageal stents for strictures — nonsurgical alternative for palliation of malignant esophageal obstruction
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy — the removal of an esophageal tumor through small abdominal incisions and small incisions in the right chest (thoracoscopy)
  • Endomucosal resections — a procedure to remove precancerous, early-stage cancer or other abnormal tissues (lesions) from the digestive tract

We also offer radiation ablation for the treatment of malignant lung nodules.

Through the Southcoast Health Cancer Centers, Southcoast Health offers comprehensive care and treatment to patients with lung cancer in Fall River and Fairhaven, MA and surrounding areas.