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Ask the Doctor: Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women.

But now Saint Mary's is offering a new way to find it.

Dr. Faisal Ahmad is the leading pulmonologist at Saint Mary's Lung Center of Excellence.

If you have a question for him, call 858-2222 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women and accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Saint Mary's Center for Cancer is one of the first in Nevada to provide the Superdimension system as an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung.

Saint Mary's Center for Cancer has recently acquired the Superdimension system. Tell me about this new technology?

The Superdimension system allows us to perform a new procedure called electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) which offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion detected deep in the lung. The ENB procedure takes less than an hour to complete and is typically performed in an outpatient setting. Its unique approach may increase the chances that a patient will safely get a diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed.  

Why is this procedure beneficial for patients?

The Superdimension® system provides an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung. Two-thirds of all lung lesions are outside the reach of a bronchoscope, so the enb procedure combines gps-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient's natural airways to access lesions that were previously hard to reach.  

Before this new technology became available, how were these patients typically diagnosed?

Most patients diagnosed with lung cancer are not surgical candidates. Typically a patient with a lesion on their lung had the options of major surgery to remove a section of the lung, bronchoscopy (which does not reach lesions deep in the lung), needle biopsy, or watchful waiting. The Superdimension® system provides safe and efficient access to stage and prepare treatment of lung lesions in non-operable patients.

For more information, please call 775-770-7410 or 775-882-2106 or visit www.saintmarysreno.com.

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