​Lung Cancer Surgery

Early Diagnosis & Less Invasive Treatment

Advanced Bronchoscopy Avoids Need for Invasive Lung Surgery

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows a physician to see inside the lungs and collect small tissue samples to diagnose lung disease and lung cancer.

Surgeons are now able to access lesions located deep in the lungs, as well as mediastinal lymph nodes, without open surgery. With a new minimally invasive tool called SuperDimension Bronchoscope, if small tumors are seen, they can be removed during the procedure.

Physicians can make early diagnoses of benign and malignant lung lesions, providing more treatment options and avoiding the need for higher risk procedures.

Lobectomy/Wedge Resection

If removal of all or part of the lung is indicated during the bronchoscopy, it can generally be accomplished using minimally invasive surgery.

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB)

With this advanced, minimally invasive technology, surgeons can see into complex airways in the lung.

ENB allows physicians to diagnose, stage and treat lesions all in one procedure. It provides the ability to detect lung cancer earlier — even before symptoms are evident — increasing treatment options for patients.

Traditional bronchoscopy cannot reach distant regions of the lung where more than two-thirds of all lung lesions are found. Because ENB can get into these hard-to-reach areas, it minimizes the need for invasive surgical procedures.

Surgeons collaborate with the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, Oregon Imaging Centers, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for all types of cancer.