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Advancing Lung Cancer Care

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth now offers a unique, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of lung tumors. As the only hospital offering the technology in the area, patients can receive this
advanced treatment here, close to home.

Known as the CryoProbe™, this newly added technology allows pulmonologists to remove tumors, blood clots or foreign objects from the lungs quickly and with little discomfort. Performed on an outpatient basis, the CryoProbe™
procedure uses liquid nitrogen or argon gas to freeze and remove endobronchial - or lung airway - tumors. Patients undergoing the procedure are placed under conscious sedation and generally return to normal activities the same day.

The CryoProbe™ process removes lung tumors easily without bleeding or burning, allowing large tissue size removal. By removing these growths, pathologists can then make more precise diagnoses.

“The level of precision available with this system leads to faster, more efficient treatment,” says Tammy Baergan, R.N., director of Perioperative Services at Texas Health Southwest. “It is also a minimally invasive procedure, which means it has less of an impact on the body.”

For patients of Texas Health Southwest, cryo surgery offers another option for the removal of lung tumors and airway masses with less risk of complications found with other procedures.

For more information about cancer services at Texas Health Southwest, visit TexasHealth.org/Southwest or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Spring 2010)

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