Lung Cancer Screening and Treatments
Lung Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
We're proud to offer the very best diagnostics and screening techniques so our patients get an accurate diagnosis at the earliest, most curable stage. We also have pathologists and radiologists who specialize in reading and diagnosing lung cancer. Screening and diagnostics for lung nodules include:
- Genetic counseling and gene assay test
- All digital imaging modalities
- CT guided biopsy
- superDimension (SuperD)
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Low Dose CT Screening
Lung Cancer Treatment
If lung cancer is detected after a thorough evaluation we offer a wide-range of advanced treatment, including minimally invasive options, depending on your cancer stage, lifestyle and personal preference. Treatments include:
Chemotherapy and Radiation
Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
VATS is a minimally invasive technique that enables doctors to see inside the chest cavity to remove masses close to the outside edges of the lung and to test them for cancer using much smaller incisions than needed in the past.
Using electromagnetic navigation technology, SuperD helps doctors reach lesions deep in the lungs with minimal trauma to the patient and enables them to diagnose benign and malignant lung disease. Using the SuperD system, physicians can pinpoint lung cancer more safely and in its early stages. Physicians can also biopsy the lymph nodes in the chest, staging the lung cancer without having to subject patients to more invasive surgical procedures.
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
EBUS is a minimally invasive procedure that has proven highly effective in the diagnosis of lung diseases and staging of lung cancer. EBUS has an important role in the treatment of lung cancer by giving the surgery team real-time images in and around the lungs and to identify difficult-to-reach tumors. The technique is also used to obtain lymph node samples to see if the cancer has spread to other areas.
Stereotactic Body radiation therapy (SBRT), offered through Sutter Cancer centers, is an advanced treatment option for lung, liver, prostate, brain, and spine tumors. this highly effective treatment alternative should be considered by patients who decide against having surgery or would like to consider a non-invasive alternative to surgery. SBRT treats cancers with pinpoint precision while avoiding normal, health tissue. Completely non-invasive, this treatment method requires no hospitalization. SBRT typically requires 5 treatments, and most patients have minimal side effects.
Our physicians participate in a number of national clinical trials giving our patients access to emerging treatments and therapies.