Lung Cancer Program
The Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center's Lung Cancer
Program is managed by J. Timothy Sherwood, MD, one of the leading thoracic
surgeons in the United States. An associate professor for Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine, Dr. Sherwood has a dedicated thoracic practice in
Fredericksburg, Virginia and is also the director of our Thoracic Surgery
program. He treats patients from across the country, who are referred
to the Regional Cancer Center for the most advanced surgeries, many of
which require additional skill to perform. This makes the Regional Cancer
Center's lung cancer program one of the truly unique programs of its kind.
Dr. Sherwood has a special surgical team and operates exclusively at Mary
Washington Hospital, a tertiary-care medical center with large surgical
suites to accommodate specialized surgical teams and equipment. We also
have dedicated services for post-surgical care for lung cancer.
Dr. Sherwood uses a state-of-the-art technique known as video-assisted
thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) that enables the surgeon to see and work
inside the chest with very small incisions and special instruments. A
small telescope, called a thoracoscope, is inserted through one incision
to capture a clear image of the operating area. Dr. Sherwood views this
image on a video screen while performing the procedure using specialized
surgical instruments inserted into the chest through other tiny incisions.
VATS has dramatically changed thoracic surgery by eliminating the need
for completely opening the chest in many procedures.