Interventional pulmonology is an area of pulmonary medicine that focuses on using minimally invasive procedures to treat respiratory cancers. Using endoscopic techniques, interventional pulmonologists diagnose and treat lung, thoracic and tracheal cancers. With less invasive techniques, patients may experience less trauma, fewer complications and quicker recovery times. Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) offers these treatments to patients who cannot undergo traditional surgical procedures.
Interventional pulmonology often focuses on a simple patient need: the ability to breathe. The procedures may help open the airway immediately, without having to wait for chemotherapy or radiation treatments to shrink tumors. Interventional pulmonologists at CTCA® also focus on diagnosing and treating lung and respiratory diseases and conditions, including lung cancer. Our pulmonologists may also treat pneumonia, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis, asthma and pulmonary hypertension.
Our interventional pulmonologists are experienced in performing advanced, minimally invasive interventional procedures on the airways and chest cavity, including advanced bronchoscopic and pleuroscopic techniques. These interventional pulmonologists work closely with CTCA oncologists, critical care physicians and other experts on your care team to tailor treatments to your specific needs, help preserve lung function and reduce side effects. Throughout your treatment, your interventional pulmonologist will monitor your progress and modify your treatment plan accordingly.
CTCA has five hospitals across the United States that provide interventional pulmonology medicine. Each of our welcoming, state-of-the-art cancer hospitals houses leading-edge treatments and technologies. These cancer centers are conveniently located in major metropolitan areas—in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and near Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and Phoenix, Arizona. Each hospital delivers personalized medicine by a team of cancer experts, all under one roof.