Early detection is especially important when it comes to lung cancer because it is the second most common cancer in both men and women, behind prostate cancer and breast cancer, respectively. The five-year survival rate for people with all stages of lung cancer is 19 percent, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). And more than half of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed, according to the American Lung Association.

Early detection and intervention can help improve these statistics.

New Early Detection Technology

You could be at risk for lung cancer if you have a history of smoking or other pulmonary issues. Your primary care physician may recommend a CT scan, and if the scan reveals a spot on the lung, it might need to be biopsied.

Texas Health offers advanced robotic screening technology designed to access areas deep within the lung that are unable to be reached through traditional diagnostic tests. This robotic screening technology allows physicians on the medical staff to guide the robot on a pre-planned navigation path directly to the spot that appeared on the CT scan.

A preliminary pathology report is given at the time of the procedure, with the full report given to patients in three days or less.

In addition to accessing areas in the lung that were formerly too difficult to reach, robotic-assisted lung screening technology allows physicians to provide a diagnosis and talk through treatment options – almost in a single step. Patients are typically told what was found during the biopsy and can discuss next steps before they even leave the hospital.

Are you a candidate?

If you recently learned you have a suspicious nodule on your lung, your doctor may recommend additional procedures to confirm a diagnosis. Ask your physician if robotic-assisted lung screening is an option for determining diagnosis and next steps.

What is a Lung Biopsy?
If your physician found a spot on your lung, commonly called a small mass or nodule, you may need to have it checked out further. This test is called a lung biopsy. Fewer than 5% of nodules are actually cancer, but your doctor may recommend that you find out for sure.

Biopsy involves obtaining a tissue sample from the suspicious area and examining the cells under a microscope to determine if cancer or another disease is present. There are a number of ways to obtain tissue for biopsy. The biopsy approach your doctor will recommend depends on the size of the nodule, the location within the lung, and your overall health.

Robotic Lung Biopsy Locations
  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial

    Texas Health Arlington Memorial Lung Clinic
    800 W. Randol Mill Road
    Arlington, TX 76012

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  • Texas Health Dallas

    Texas Health Dallas Lung Program
    8200 Walnut Hill Lane
    Dallas, TX 75231

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  • Texas Health Fort Worth

    Texas Health Fort Worth Lung Clinic
    Harris Professional Building
    1325 Pennsylvania, Suite 50
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

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  • Texas Health Plano

    Texas Health Plano Lung Program
    6200 West Parker Road
    Plano, TX 75093

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Source Reference:
Ion by Intuitive
Flexibility for your lung biopsy: Understand your options for minimally invasive lung biopsy. Intuitive

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