New Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic Performs First Endobronchial Ultrasound Procedure

Building on Deborah’s 91-year history of superior lung care, the hospital has just incorporated new state-of-the-art equipment and a collaborative relationship with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to bring a new Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic to the region.

With the generous support of Princeton scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and space traveler Greg Olsen, Ph.D., Deborah recently purchased a new pulmonary diagnostic tool called Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS). The EBUS is a cutting-edge diagnostic tool that combines ultrasound with a bronchoscope and allows real-time images in and around the lungs that can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections, and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs,
such as sarcoidosis or other cancers like lymphoma. Navdeep Brar, M.D., Attending, Pulmonology, recently performed the hospital’s first EBUS procedure.

“With the addition of this sophisticated new instrumentation, which is only in use in select hospitals, we have a much greater capacity for evaluation of known or suspected lung cancer,” said Deborah’s Chair of Pulmonary Medicine, Andrew Martin, M.D.

The introduction of Deborah’s Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic, in collaboration with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, offers multi-disciplinary, dedicated out-patient clinic times for individualized case management of patients with tumors.

“Our team includes an oncologist, a radiologist, a pulmonologist, and a pathologist,” added Martin. “This integrated approach offers an opportunity to us to get the whole patient profile, allowing an efficient approach to the evaluation of possible lung tumors. Many tumors are not cancerous, but for those that are, we want to have as much information as early as possible so a treatment plan can be created.”

If a patient is found to have a non-cancerous tumor, Martin said that the usual treatment option was close follow-up and monitoring. If cancer is detected and surgery is required, Martin said Deborah’s skilled surgical staff could move quickly as needed.

“For chemotherapy or radiation, however, we will recommend a facility near a patient’s home, so they can return to the community for those treatments, and not have to travel to the hospital.”

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