Dr. Christopher Manley
Dr. Christopher Manley is the first physician in Philadelphia to utilize the Monarch robotic bronchoscopy for lung nodule biopsy. Don’t wait to schedule this important procedure. Visit the Fox Chase Cancer Center website to schedule an appointment.
If your doctor has found a nodule in your lung, more commonly known as a mass or “spot” on your lungs, it is important to find out what it is as soon as possible. Although most nodules are not cancer, it still may require treatment i. If the nodule is cancerous, early diagnosis and treatment is critical to improve your chances to cure it.
Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is a new technology that helps your doctor reach and biopsy lung nodules with great precision and stability so that you can begin treatment early on, if needed.
Diagnosing Lung Nodules
Nodules that are cancerous typically start off small and continue to grow as the disease progresses. When found in the early stages, lung nodules can be very small, the size of a peaii. The majority of these nodules are found in the outer parts of the lung near the chest walliii. These nodules can be difficult to reach and diagnose using a conventional bronchoscope, while other diagnostic methods have a higher risk of complications. To get a diagnosis with high confidence, physicians may need to puncture the chest, which can lead to complications.
5 Key Questions to Ask Your Doctor
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The Importance of Diagnosing Early
Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths – claiming more victims each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. One of the reasons why lung cancer is so deadly is that it is difficult to diagnose safely and reliably when it is found in the early stages (stage 1 or 2). Because these nodules tend to be very small and located deep within the lung, they often require the physician to puncture the chest with a needle to reach the nodule. This is called a transthoracic needle aspiration (TTNA), and it has a higher complication rateiv v vi than a bronchoscopy. However, when a traditional, manual bronchoscopy is used, it often does not lead to a diagnosis.
Dr. Christopher Manley at Fox Chase Cancer Center now uses revolutionary technology to address these challenges: a robotic-assisted bronchoscope.