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Advanced Technology for Early Detection of Lung Cancer Now Available at Blake Medical Center

Blake Medical Center August 04, 2015

Bradenton, FL – Blake Medical Center is pleased to bring advanced technology for early detection of lung cancer to our community. On July 29, 2015, physicians at Blake Medical Center treated the first patient utilizing the SPiNView® Thoracic Navigation System.  This system aids physicians in the early detection of lung cancer.

“This system allows me to access many peripheral lung lesions previously not accessible,” states Floyd Wells, MD, Pulmonologist on staff at Blake Medical Center.  “With the system, I am even able to biopsy small nodules without a direct airway using the navigated percutaneous approach.  Being able to diagnose and treat patients earlier leads to better patient outcomes.  Ultimately, this helps us save lives.”

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.  According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.   The good news is that with early detection, the survival rate increases from 15% (stage IV) to as high as 92% (stage I). 

The SPiNView system allows physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches.  This assists physicians in detecting lung cancer earlier and without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures. 

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Melissa Morgan at 941-798-6056 or Melissa.Morgan@HCAhealthcare.com.

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