Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago recognizes that lung cancer is complex. CTCA® designed the interventional pulmonology department at our hospital in Chicago and our four other hospitals to offer a minimally invasive treatment option to cancer patients and those experiencing respiratory disease or infection. Located in Zion, Illinois, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the hospital provides alternative options for lung cancer patients who cannot undergo traditional surgical procedures.
The interventional pulmonologists at our hospital in Chicago specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases of the lungs and respiratory system, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and cancer. Using minimally invasive techniques, interventional pulmonologists perform interventional procedures in the airways and chest cavity, including advanced bronchoscopic and pleuroscopic techniques. During cancer treatment, some patients may experience pleural effusion or obstruction of the airway, causing symptoms such as wheezing, respiratory failure and uncontrolled cough. These symptoms may not only impact your quality of life, they may also delay or interrupt your treatments. Our interventional pulmonologists use imaging technology to look for the cause of these and other symptoms. Then, using minimally invasive pulmonology techniques and procedures, our interventional pulmonologists may remove obstructions in the airway or fluid around the lungs, and reduce symptoms that cause discomfort to help you breathe more comfortably.
In keeping with the CTCA whole-patient care model, the interventional pulmonologist at our Chicago hospital routinely works with other clinicians on the patient’s care team. Together, these multidisciplinary clinicians strive to ensure patients at the Illinois hospital have access to supportive care services that may help manage or reduce side effects. The interventional pulmonologists collaborate with supportive care clinicians to help patients maintain their strength, stamina and quality of life.