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New Combination Diagnostic and Treatment Technology Gives Lung Cancer Patients Hope

Hoag is working to detect and treat lung cancer earlier than ever. A robust program of detection, diagnosis, treatment, research, precision medicine, radiation oncology and a team of thoracic surgeons is the reason
Hoag Family Cancer Institute sees, diagnoses and treats more lung cancer patients than any other hospital in Orange County.

Now, Hoag is offering a new lung cancer screening technology that empowers physicians with greater accuracy in diagnosing lung cancer earlier. Integrating the Cios Spin imaging equipment with the 3D imaging of Hoag’s Ion Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy, Hoag has begun to diagnose lung cancer earlier, more accurately and less invasively.

“The earlier we can diagnose lung cancer, the better the outcome. We are offering patients technologies that work together to help diagnose lung cancer earlier and potentially save lives. Real-time, intra-procedural CT-like images, combined with robotic bronchoscopy, give us better diagnostic capabilities in a less invasive manner,” said Javier Longoria, M.D., a fellowshiptrained interventional pulmonologist at Hoag
Family Cancer Institute. “We can now catch cancer earlier, with less risk to the patient.”

One of the advantages the new technology provides is it pinpoints the exact tissue to biopsy in real time as a surgeon advances a robotic-assisted bronchoscope through the patient’s airway. The technology has proven just as effective as the standard of care but with fewer risks and side effects.

The Mobile C-Arm Cios Spin also allows surgeons to diagnose and treat a cancerous lesion in the same procedure, leading to fewer follow up procedures and improving medical results and patient experience.

“This greatly increases lung cancer patients’ access to the latest diagnostic procedures and equipment, and further elevates Hoag’s position as the preeminent leader in minimally-invasive, robotic-assisted surgeries in Orange County,” Dr. Longoria said.

Hoag was able to bring the technology to Orange County thanks to a generous gift by Hoag Innovators, a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and community leaders who are dedicated to catalyzing innovation at Hoag.

“Our mission is to provide funds to support Hoag in acquiring advanced technologies and implementing innovative services necessary to offer world-class health care right here in Orange County,” said Robert Brunswick, founder of Hoag Innovators. “By improving the accuracy of lung biopsies, we have the potential to save countless lives.”

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