No type of cancer is more deadly than lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this form of the disease kills nearly 160,000 people every year.
Sadly, most people develop lung cancer as a result of smoking cigarettes, pipes and cigars, which means this form of cancer is highly preventable. Approximately 1 in 5 people in the United States are smokers; and eight of 10 people with lung cancer are smokers. In 2009, the ACS says, 219,440 cases of lung cancer were reported.
Help – and hope
While the survival rate for lung cancer is one of the lowest, new technologies are broadening the treatment options and extending the life of people with the disease. One of these technologies is the
superDimension i·LogicTM System, sometimes referred to as “Super D”.
One of the reasons lung cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages is because it forms in areas of the lungs difficult to reach with diagnostic equipment – and the lesions that develop can be too small to see with CT scans and bronchoscopes. With Super D, a catheter is threaded into the bronchoscope, and can extend beyond the instrument to access more remote locations in the lungs, using electromagnetic sensors to detect lesions.
JFK knows lungs
Physicians at the JFK Medical Center Lung Institute use state-of-the-art equipment and practices to diagnose and treat lung illness and disease, and to rehabilitate patients. Board-certified physicians from JFK Medical Center’s Pulmonary Department employ an approach which includes cardiac and thoracic surgery, respiratory therapy, pulmonology, nutrition and radiology. Respiratory therapists also play a vital role in patient care and education.
Because smoking is the reason many people develop lung cancer, JFK Medical Center offers a tobacco treatment program. Specially trained staff helps patients overcome their dependence on tobacco products by addressing the psychological, physical and behavioral aspects of nicotine addiction.
Learn more about the Lung Institute and Super D by calling us at (561) 548-3512. For more info on the Tobacco Treatment Program, call (561) 548-1198.