Lung Cancer Interventional Pulmonology
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Our cancer doctors use Interventional Pulmonology techniques alone or in combination with other cancer treatments to diagnose your cancer, treat tumors, and relieve symptoms that are limiting your breathing or causing pain.
Interventional Pulmonology for Lung Cancer
Our Interventional Pulmonology Program treats lung cancer, and the related symptoms that can cause discomfort, like shortness of breath, coughing or chest pain, all without performing surgery.
In addition to treating tumors, many of the innovative pulmonology techniques and procedures can significantly improve your quality of life. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), your team includes oncologists and pulmonologists who work together to tailor these lung cancer treatments to your specific needs.
Our Interventional Pulmonology Program addresses four primary areas:
- Central Airway Obstruction: We use advanced techniques to locate and clear central airway obstructions. This helps you breathe more easily and fully. It also maximizes your lung capacity, so you can receive the most aggressive lung cancer treatment regimen possible.
- Advanced Airway Diagnostics: We use imaging technology to look for the cause of symptoms including wheezing, coughing and labored breathing. Our cancer doctors identify tumors, blockages or internal bleeding and use advanced lung cancer treatments to minimize or eliminate symptoms.
- Pleural Effusion: Many people with lung cancer accumulate excess fluid around the lungs, called pleural effusion. It can cause pain, shortness of breath and other complications. We use minimally invasive techniques to remove this fluid and restore more comfortable breathing. These techniques also help minimize the recurrence of excess fluid in the lungs.
- Treatment-related Side Effects: Some lung cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause scarring in the lungs. While we try to minimize these side effects, aggressive lung cancer treatment may cause unavoidable complications. We use certain interventional pulmonology procedures to treat your symptoms, and to distinguish between a side effect of treatment and the progression of the cancer.
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