If your doctor has told you that you have a suspicious mass on your lung CT or X-ray, you want answers quickly. At AAMC, we offer a rapid access program, where you can see our thoracic and lung cancer experts within a few business days to decide on a course of action so you can get the answers you need.
Advanced Diagnosis for Lung Cancer in Annapolis, MD
By far, the first step in lung and other chest wall cancer treatment is determining where in the lungs the cancer is growing, and if it has spread. Our doctors use advanced diagnostic tools, including:
Endobronchial ultrasound and transbronchial biopsy: During this procedure, your doctor can examine your airways and lymph nodes in your chest using a bronchoscope and ultrasound. This small scope and ultrasound guidance allows for more accurate biopsy and avoids more invasive methods of performing biopsies on the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes.
Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy: Your doctor uses this system like a GPS for your lungs. The system allows your doctor to navigate to the outer areas of the lungs that were previously impossible to reach using a traditional bronchoscope.
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery: This approach to surgery, which uses smaller incisions, reduces your discomfort and complications and provides a faster route to recovery. Previously, when doctors needed to access the lungs during surgery, they used to make major incisions, which caused more pain and longer recoveries. Our doctors use minimally invasive thoracic surgery for both biopsies and treatment surgeries, when appropriate.
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