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Navigational bronchoscopy for lung cancer

Navigational bronchoscopy for lung cancer

A navigational bronchoscopy combines advanced imaging techniques with electromagnetic navigation to help find and treat cancer anywhere in the lungs. This procedure allows doctors to reach distant tumors by advancing the scope into smaller bronchi or bronchi that are blocked by a tumor.

Navigational bronchoscopy procedures may be used to:

  • Biopsy lung nodules and masses in the periphery of the lung
  • Biopsy central lesions close to airways
  • Measure airway obstruction length
  • Assist in airway stent placement
  • Place fiducial markers for radiation
  • Place catheters in peripheral targets for therapy

What is bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a sophisticated interventional pulmonology technology that uses a flexible tube with a camera at the end (a bronchoscope) that allows us to look inside the lungs and airway.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) doctors 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 of lung cancer or a previously treated area.

Interventional pulmonology techniques can be used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments to diagnose lung cancer, treat tumors and relieve symptoms that are limiting your breathing or causing pain.

The lung cancer team at CTCA specializes in advanced, minimally invasive bronchoscopy techniques for many of our interventional pulmonology procedures.

Navigational bronchoscopy medical animation