Jefferson University Hospitals


The physicians and staff of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson use a variety of procedures to diagnose and stage lung cancer, including a mediastinoscopy. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you will find the latest and most progressive treatment programs aided by an outstanding cancer team and state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Our cancer team consists of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and genetic specialists who meet to review and discuss treatment options and strategies for patients being treated at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

What Does Mediastinoscopy Involve?

During a mediastinoscopy, a Jefferson thoracic surgeon will insert an endoscope through a small incision at the top of your chest. Our surgical team will examine the area around your airways and take samples of lymph nodes. This diagnostic step helps us determine which patients could benefit from surgery.

Our thoracic surgeons use the latest technique, called video mediastinoscopy, which helps us navigate through the delicate structures of the chest, see the lung area better and thoroughly biopsy the surrounding lymph nodes.