FAQs

How common is lung cancer?
The American Cancer Society estimates that 224,390 new cases of lung cancer in the U.S. will be diagnosed in 2016.

What is lung cancer?
Lung cancer results from an abnormality in the cell. Tumors can be benign or malignant (cancer). Benign tumors can usually be removed and do not spread to other parts of the body.  Malignant tumors may grow and invade other tissues in the body.

What causes lung cancer?
Lung cancer may be caused by smoking, passive smoking, asbestos fibers, radon gas, familial predisposition, air pollution, prior history of lung cancer.

Am I at risk of developing lung cancer?
It is best to contact your doctor to learn if you may be at risk.

What tests can be done to check for lung cancer?

  • History and physical examination
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT (computerized tomography, computerized axial tomography, or CAT) scans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Transthoracic Needle Aspiration – TTNA
  • Transbronchial Needle Aspiration – TBNA
  • Bronchoscopic Transparenchymal Nodule Access – BTPNA

Why is early lung cancer screening important?
Ask your doctor about your lung cancer screening options, as early detection may help improve survival rates.

Why would my doctor recommend image-guided procedure with LungPoint VBN or Archimedes?
Your doctor may recommend image-guided procedures with LungPoint VBN or Archimedes to find the best path and access to biopsy the nodules, regardless their size and location.

Important benefits for your physician:

  • Provides minimally invasive access to all lung nodules, whether inside or outside the airway
  • Provides real-time path navigation within the lungs for lung biopsy and other diagnostic/treatment procedures
  • Side-by-side navigation pairs real time and virtual images
  • Provides live images of navigation pathway throughout procedure
  • System accurately guides user to within 3mm of target
  • Streamlined patient care with diagnosis and potential treatment delivered in one procedure to reduce risks and the costs associated with multiple, and potentially risky procedures

Important benefits for the patient:

  • Minimally-invasive approach (reduced scarring and disfigurement)
  • Enables earlier diagnosis and treatment path
  • Potential for lower complication rates
  • Not contraindicated for electrical medical implants

I still have questions. How can I contact someone to answer them?
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