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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System offers the latest interventional technologies used for diagnosis, staging, treatment and palliation of thoracic malignancies as well as benign diseases of the lung. Our Thoracic Health Services team of physician specialists evaluates patients quickly for an initial assessment, develops a plan for diagnosis and/or treatment, and performs the indicated procedure(s) in a timely manner. The program’s nurse navigator facilitates all aspects of evaluation and follow up, and is in frequent communication with the patient and referring physician(s), making this process quick and efficient.

Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Bronchoscopy

  • Convex probe directional endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) bronchoscopy
  • Radial mini-probe EBUS bronchoscopy
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (SuperDimension™)
  • Lung nodule clinic

Interventional Pulmonary

  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Airway dilatation stenosis
  • Airway stent placement
  • Endobronchial cryotherapy for tumor ablation
  • Electrocautery resection of endobronchial tumor
  • PleurX catheter placement

Interventional Radiology

  • Minimally invasive image guided procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant thoracic disease: biopsies, drain and radiosurgical marker placement, embolization
  • State-of-the-art imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, PET-CT, ultrasound and scintigraphy
  • Exams are interpreted by fellowship-trained physicians specializing in imaging, who work collaboratively with the treatment team

Surgical Treatment Options

  • High volume minimally invasive surgical programs
  • One of the most experienced robotic surgery programs in the state
  • Multidisciplinary team approach with dedicated thoracic oncology service

Non-Operative and Palliative Options

Thoracic Radiation Oncology

  • Most experienced CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery program in Michigan
  • High volume multidisciplinary program with four treatment sites
  • IMRT planning and IGRT CT-based treatment delivery

Thoracic Medical Oncology

  • Lead institution in the Michigan Cancer Research Consortium - one of only 50 programs nationwide
  • Partners with top cancer centers in clinical trials, such as MD Anderson and the Mayo Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary lung cancer clinic
  • Weekly tumor board
  • Member of the Mercy Cancer Network
  • Multidisciplinary palliative care program