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Lung Cancer Treatment
Once you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, our Cancer Services team and specialists work with you to develop your individual treatment plan. Beebe's medical oncologists and lung surgeons meet regularly to discuss cases and collaborate on the best treatment plan for you.
At Beebe Healthcare, new investments in technology and training have allowed us to meet the best evidence-based clinical practice guidelines around who should be tested for lung cancer and how they should be treated.
This includes our use of 3D imaging to navigate the lung’s narrow passages where most tumors reside and test growths for the presence of cancer, a technique called navigational bronchoscopy. If we catch lung cancer early enough, we use a team approach to remove tumors before they have a chance to spread.
At Beebe, we also use highly sensitive ultrasounds to spot lung cancer.
This technology is helping us find more early-stage lung cancers. In 2016, we found eight first-stage lung cancers in this screening program, followed by 12 early cancers in 2017. Each cancer found early is potentially a life saved.
Beebe offers multiple treatments for lung cancer and lung issues. Working with your physician and care team, you can decide the best treatment option for your illness. Beebe Respiratory Services can help before, during, and after your surgery.
Robotically Assisted Thoracic Surgery
In addition to navigational bronchoscopy and other advanced lung cancer treatment procedures, Beebe's Center for Robotic Surgery also now gives patients the option to have robotically assisted surgery. Beebe Healthcare’s Center for Robotic Surgery was launched in 2018 with the addition of Kurt Wehberg, MD, Board Certified and Fellowship Trained cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Wehberg has performed more than 500 robotic surgeries over the course of his career. Dr. Wehberg and the team at Beebe use the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.
There are different types of lung cancer procedures and depending on your type of cancer and recommendations from your doctor, you might be able to have minimally invasive robotic surgery procedures including:
- Wedge resection: surgical removal of a triangular slice of tissue or tumor
- Lobectomy: surgical removal of a section of lung
- Pneumonectomy: surgical removal of entire lung.
All surgery carries with it some amount of risk. With robotically assisted surgery, patients can expect less scarring, quicker recovery time, and more precise removal of tumors.
Studies have shown:
- Patients experience less blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Patients in 86% of cases are released from the hospital sooner.
Talk to your doctor about whether you might be a candidate for robotic surgery.
Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery or (VATS) is a type of lung surgery that allows surgeons to utilize smaller incisions and insert video-guidance cameras into your thoracic cavity. This allows the surgeon to better view the procedure on a series of video screens.
A thoracotomy is surgery to open your chest. During this procedure, a surgeon makes an incision in the chest wall between your ribs, usually to operate on your lungs. Through this incision, the surgeon can remove part or all of a lung.
Talk to your physician about which procedure might be right for you.