Major Lung Cancer Advancement At Boca Regional

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Boca Region Hospital continues to make news for its staff, facilities and equipment. The hospital today announced a major addition to its cancer treatment arsenal.

Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced that it is now utilizing Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)™ to access and biopsy lesions in the lung. The superDimension® i-Logic™ System is a minimally invasive option for patients who have been identified as having a small or hard-to-reach lesion on their lung that is inaccessible through traditional bronchoscope. The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient’s natural airways to reach these particular masses.

ENB is typically an outpatient procedure and minimizes the need for more invasive surgical procedures to assess lesions in the distant regions of the lung, where more than two-thirds of all cancers are found. More conventional assessments, such as thorascopic or percutaneous needle biopsy, may require an inpatient stay and can cause complications such as a collapsed lung.

According to Jonathan Waxman, MD, thoracic surgeon at Boca Regional, after a lesion has been detected through CT or PET/CT, the patient’s scan is loaded into planning software that creates a 3D roadmap of the lungs. A bronchoscope is placed through the patient’s mouth and into the airways of the lungs. The ENB’s catheters are next placed in the channel of the bronchoscope. The electromagnetic sensors in the catheters guide the physician to the targeted lesion. Once there, the guide catheter is removed and the extended working channel catheter remains. Biopsy tools are then placed through the working catheter to obtain tissue samples for testing and diagnosis. Upon completion of the procedure, the patient goes to recovery and, in the vast majority of cases, discharged home.

ENB can also be used to place radiosurgical markers for guiding external beam radiation therapy of established lung malignancies or guides used in video-assisted thoracic surgery.

“This technology greatly enhances the capabilities of our lung cancer program at Boca Regional and its Cancer Institute,” said Louise Morrell, MD, Medical Director of the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. “It’s not only extremely beneficial from a clinical perspective but also provides an excellent procedural option for patients.”

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