Some Lung Cancers Diagnosed with New, Less Invasive Methods

James experts can now diagnose certain lung cancers in innovative and less invasive ways. As Dr. Shaheen Islam explains, one of these new methods involves the use of a bronchoscope – a small ultrasound probe passed through the mouth and into the lung to look for abnormal lesions or masses. The surgeons then pass a needle through that scope to retrieve only tissue from the tumor, and not from surrounding areas.

Another innovative technique is similar to GPS tracking. Used for lung lesions located farther out from the central airway, The James specialists can actually map a path to that lesion using a computer, then feed a scope into the lesion to secure diagnostic tissue. The mouth-entry procedure (rather than a traditional needle biopsy from outside the chest) results in fewer complications and is much less invasive for patients.