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Lung Cancer Treatment at USA Health

Lung Cancer

USA Health is the only academic health system in Alabama to combine state-of-the-art robotic technology and rapid, on-site evaluation to diagnose lung cancer.

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About Lung Cancer Treatment at USA Health

Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate of any cancer, claiming more victims each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. During the early stage of lung cancer, diagnosing small, peripheral nodules safely can be very difficult. Lung nodules, often called “masses” or “spots,” are more common than you may think. It’s important for your doctor to determine the type of lung nodule you have and whether it is cancerous or noncancerous.

State-of-the-Art Technology for Lung Cancer Diagnosis

USA Health uses state-of-the-art robotics and rapid on-site evaluation to diagnose lung cancer quickly and accurately, reducing the time patients anxiously await results and allowing for faster development of treatment plans. These tools are just part of our Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program.

MONARCH Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy

The MONARCH system and ROSE pathology allow for a quick and accurate diagnosis, even for remote areas of the lung. The MONARCH was designed to enhance accessibility while reducing the risk of side effects associated with current methods of lung tissue biopsy. Tissue that is robotically removed from the lung is analyzed within minutes to provide preliminary results. This reduces the likely need for additional biopsy procedures.

Celebrating 450 robotic-assisted bronchoscopies

In November 2023, the Mitchell Cancer Institute proudly celebrated performing its 450th procedure using the MONARCH Platform. In partnership with Pulmonary Associates of Mobile and USA Health Pulmonology, MCI is fighting lung cancer smarter and continually advancing lung cancer care for their patients. 

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Monarch Platform

MONARCH: Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy

During a MONARCH procedure, a physician inserts a flexible endoscope through a sedated patient’s mouth and into the lung using the MONARCH’s computer-assisted controller, cameras, and GPS navigation based on 3D models of the patient’s lung. The MONARCH is available at a limited number of institutions across the nation, including USA Health.

Non-small cell lung carcinoma under high magnification

ROSE: Rapid On-Site Evaluation

Just a few steps away from the bronchoscopy procedure room, a trained pathologist analyzes the collected tissue within minutes of its removal to provide a preliminary diagnosis. Because results are delivered immediately, often there is little need for additional biopsy procedures.

Lung Cancer Providers

USA Health offers numerous specialists who can diagnose and treat lung cancer. Learn more about our providers or request an appointment today.

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Clinical Trials

As the leading provider of innovative healthcare for Mobile and the Gulf Coast, USA Health can provide our patients new, promising experimental therapies through ongoing clinical trials.

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USA Health has a comprehensive biomedical research program that spans a wide range of clinical, basic and translational research. USA Health is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity in all areas of education and research.

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