Interventional pulmonology is a field of medicine focused on using minimally invasive procedures to treat respiratory cancers. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, interventional pulmonology involves the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. In addition, interventional pulmonologists at Southwestern treat related respiratory symptoms that may cause discomfort, such as shortness of breath, coughing or chest pain. These minimally invasive techniques may help patients experience fewer complications and recover more quickly from treatment.
Located in Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma, the interventional pulmonologists at Southwestern have experience performing advanced, minimally invasive interventional procedures of the airways and chest cavity, including bronchoscopic and pleuroscopic techniques. These interventional pulmonologists work with other members of the patient’s care team to recommend a combination of evidence-based supportive therapies designed to both treat the cancer and help manage related side effects, like pain, nausea or shortness of breath. Evidence-informed supportive therapies may include pain management, nutrition therapy, oncology rehabilitation, chiropractic care or acupuncture. The members of each patient’s care team take time to talk with the patient in detail about his or her diagnosis and treatment options, and answer questions that come up. Lung cancer patients maintain an active role in the treatment decision-making process.
The hospital in Tulsa is home to a state-of-the-art lung center with advanced technologies in a treatment setting. The Oklahoma cancer center was the second CTCA® hospital to open, in 1990. In April 2005, a new hospital replaced the older Tulsa location, delivering compassionate, personalized care by an experienced team of physicians and clinicians. Like at our four other cancer centers, innovative lung cancer treatments and supportive therapies are offered at Southwestern all under one roof.