Innovative Lung Cancer Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. However, when lung cancer is identified early on, the chances of survival are dramatically increased. That’s why Regional Medical Center of San Jose has invested in the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in the field on interventional pulmonology, which includes procedures that are generally safer and easier on patients than conventional surgeries and other cancer treatments. Below you can explore some of the state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities we utilize to provide the best possible care for patients with lung cancer and individuals with a high risk for the disease.
Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy
Conventional bronchoscopic procedures allow interventional pulmonologists a view inside the lungs to check for possible lesions. With Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB), your physician will have the capability to locate, biopsy, and plan treatment for tumors detected deep in the lung tissue. This can allow the detection of lung cancer before it spreads to other areas of the lungs and lymph nodes. Sophisticated GPS-like technology lets the pulmonologist explore the lungs through the natural airways, allowing access to lesions that are inaccessible with other bronchoscopic techniques.
When tumors are not able to be accessed with traditional surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery can be an effective treatment option that utilizes radiation to eradicate cancerous tissue. With fiducial marker placement, a minimally invasive procedure performed in an outpatient setting, the pulmonologist can identify tumors to ensure precise delivery of radiation for more effective cancer care.
For more facts on lung cancer and a closer look at your treatment options in San Jose, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881. Our interventional pulmonology team includes specialists in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and thoracic surgery to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach that maximizes the potential for lung cancer treatment and early diagnoses.