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The good news about lung cancer: National Cancer Institute statistics indicate rates for new lung and bronchus cancer cases have been falling almost 2% each year over the last 10 years. The less good news: death rates have not changed significantly over the last decade. Lung cancer remains one of the more challenging cancers to detect in its early stages by symptoms alone.

But lung cancer CAN be detected in patients at risk for it at its most treatable, localized stages at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County.

Traditional mediastinoscopy uses a thin, lighted tube inserted through a surgical incision at the top of the breastbone to view the organs, tissues and lymph nodes between the lungs, and to take tissue samples as needed.

At Deborah, the relatively new procedure called endobronchial ultrasound, or EBUS, uses a mini-probe advanced through the mouth or nose. Not only can it visualize suspicious changes in the lungs, it can use a fine needle to obtain fluid or tissue samples at the same time without the need for surgery to do so.

Attending Pulmonologist Dr. Navdeep Brar runs the lung cancer screening program at Deborah and manages its multi-disciplinary oncology program for lung tumors. She talks with KYW’s Rasa Kaye about lung cancer and the EBUS procedure at Deborah.

To learn more, visit Deborah.org »