Offering Advanced Expertise in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Cancer and Other Lung Diseases
With lung cancer and lung diseases, the earlier the diagnosis, the better. The SLUCare interventional pulmonology team uses advanced tools and techniques – the resources of an academic medical practice – to diagnose and treat complex lung diseases.
Patients may need an interventional pulmonologist following a CT scan that reveals suspicious results. SLUCare interventional pulmonologists are fellowship-trained to perform advanced procedures for lung diseases. With this breadth of expertise, patients can receive the care they need in one place on one day – rather than a series of procedures on different days. And the faster the diagnosis, the sooner treatment can begin.
SLUCare Interventional Pulmonology Diagnoses and Treats:
- Lung cancer
- Airway obstruction
- Non-cancerous airway diseases
- Collapsed lung
- Lung nodules
- Lung tumors
- Subglottic stenosis (narrowing of the windpipe)
Our Advanced Procedures Include:
- Bronchoscopy – insertion of a tube with a tiny camera to view images and perform procedures inside the airway and lungs
- Endobronchial ultrasound for more accurate lymph node biopsy
- Fluoroscopy – an imaging test to examine airway and lung function
- Navigation bronchoscopy – a bronchoscope used to access hard-to-reach areas of the lung
- Placement of fiducial markers for cancer treatment
- Pleural catheter placement for draining of fluid
- Transthoracic lung biopsy – an advanced procedure performed through an incision in the chest wall
- Tumor destruction using ablation techniques
Collaboration Streamlines Patient Care
For lung cancer patients, our interventional pulmonologists work side by side with SLUCare oncologists, seeing patients together for more coordinated care. This unique approach allows for faster diagnosis and fewer office visits, making care more convenient and reducing copays.