Physicians in the interventional pulmonology department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, diagnose and treat cancers of the respiratory system using minimally invasive techniques. You may be referred to an interventional pulmonologist if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, respiratory infection or diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis or emphysema. By using noninvasive treatment therapies, the interventional pulmonologists at Eastern may recommend appropriate treatment options for your condition.
Lung cancers often lead to obstruction of the airway, causing symptoms such as wheezing, respiratory failure and uncontrolled cough. Many people with lung cancer accumulate excess fluid around the lungs, called pleural effusion, which can cause pain, shortness of breath and other complications. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation sometimes cause scarring in the lungs, which may diminish lung capacity. For cancer patients experiencing these side effects, the interventional pulmonologists at Eastern work to help patients maintain an open airway, restore normal breathing and prevent lung collapse.
Interventional pulmonologists at our Philadelphia cancer center perform interventional procedures of the airways and chest cavity, including advanced bronchoscopic and pleuroscopic techniques. Our interventional pulmonologists work with other members of your CTCA® care team to recommend a combination of therapies designed to treat the cancer and improve your quality of life with side effect management. Lung cancers are complex, and they often require multiple treatment modalities. Our interventional pulmonologists have completed additional education and training and have experience in providing multidisciplinary care. At Eastern, our interventional pulmonologists work with an extended team of clinicians, who offer evidence-based supportive therapies as part of the CTCA side effect management model.