Interventional pulmonology for lung cancer
The Interventional Pulmonology Program at CTCA 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.
The lung cancer team at CTCA specializes in advanced, minimally invasive bronchoscopy techniques for many of our interventional pulmonology procedures. Bronchoscopy is a sophisticated technology that uses a flexible tube with a camera at the end (a bronchoscope) that allows us to look inside the lungs and airway.
We use the bronchoscope to deliver laser and other cancer-killing technologies to tumors buried deep inside the lungs. As a result, we can manage symptoms like bleeding or coughing, open up a blocked airway and treat a very early stage lung cancer or a previously treated area.
Our lung cancer patients benefit from bronchoscopy procedures because they minimize the risks of more invasive treatments.