Minimally invasive options to destroy cancer cells and help you breathe easier.
Our Interventional Pulmonology Program uses a number of minimally invasive techniques to destroy cancer cells, stop bleeding, or help you breathe better. These procedures often use bronchoscopy to allow the doctor to see into your airways. This technique uses a long, hollow tube called a bronchoscope with a camera attached at the end.
Our interventional pulmonology treatments fall into two categories:
- Ablation for lung tumors
- Therapeutic techniques for lung cancer
What ablation procedures are used for lung tumors?
Ablation is a procedure that cuts, burns, freezes, clots, or destroys tumors. Our interventional pulmonologists use minimally invasive ablation, which means they don’t use open surgery.
We destroy lung tumors using one or more of the following procedures:
- Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
- Fibrin glue application
- Laser therapy
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
What therapeutic techniques are available for lung cancer?
If you have lung cancer or mesothelioma, we sometimes recommend treatments that will not cure your cancer. Instead, these treatments will relieve symptoms and allow you to breathe more easily. These procedures can include:
Stents are mesh tubes made of metal and/or silicone that we can insert into the airway. The stents act like scaffolding, holding open the passageway so you can breathe easier.
Balloon dilatation uses tiny balloons to open up airways. Once inflated in the passageways of the lungs, these balloons open up the airways into much larger spaces. We can use this technique to help you breathe better, to control severe bleeding in your airways, or to help your doctor remove something blocking an airway.