Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Program at Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center offers state-of-the-art, minimally invasive diagnostic tests to pinpoint the location of a patient’s thoracic cancer and determine the best course of treatment. Our services include:
- Computed tomography (CT) biopsy – during this one-hour procedure, a small sample of tissue from inside the body is obtained using the CT machine for guidance; this technique often saves the patient from having to undergo surgery to obtain tissue
- Flexible and rigid bronchoscopy – procedures utilizing an endoscope to look at the airways in the lungs; flexible bronchoscopy is usually done under local anesthesia; rigid bronchoscopy is done under general anesthesia
- Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) – A minimally invasive technique that uses technology similar to global positioning systems (GPS) to biopsy lesions deep in the lungs that would be difficult or impossible to reach using traditional methods.
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) bronchoscopy – a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure using an innovative ultrasonic airway bronchoscope to detect lung cancer spread to lymph nodes for accurate lung cancer staging
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure used to stage esophageal cancer by determining tumor thickness and evaluating if any cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the chest and abdomen
- Positron emission tomography (PET) and CT scan – are standard imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer in the body and provide detailed pictures of the location, size and shape of any cancerous growth; combining these tests allows doctors to diagnose cancer earlier and more accurately, resulting in quicker, more precise treatments for the patients
- Video-mediastinoscopy – this procedure uses a video camera to stage tumors in the lungs
Once experts of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Program have discovered that the patient has a tumor, they use a tumor staging system to gauge how advanced the cancer may be and determine the best treatments for the patient’s needs. Tumor staging measures the thickness of the tumor, the patient’s lymph node status, and whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.