Innovative Lung Cancer Treatments in Lexington, KY
Baptist Health Lexington: Innovative Lung Cancer Treatments
Baptist Health offers a lung cancer treatment that combines robotics with radiation therapy. CyberKnife® allows radiologists to deliver precise, accurate treatment even to very small tumors.
The team approach to Innovative Lung Cancer Treatments in Lexington, KY, HealthTalks Transcript:
Jonathan Feddock, MD:
In the state of Kentucky, we're well known for several things, but unfortunately we're also No. 1 in the U.S. when it comes to lung cancer. Both for the incidence of people who develop a lung cancer, and unfortunately, how many people die from a lung cancer. One of the things we have that's very strong here at Baptist Health Lexington is our lung cancer screening program. We try to capture people when they are over the age of 55 [and] have smoked more than 10 years in their life. If we can use a low-dose screening CT scan once a year, it's been shown that it'll reduce the incidence of death from lung cancer by as much as 20%.
The basics of treatment that we use for lung cancer have really come a long way in the past five to 10 years. The main options of surgery and radiation [are] still our main options, but as far as the surgery side goes, we're now using minimally invasive techniques. These are shorter surgeries that don't result in a long hospitalization. As a whole, they have [fewer] side effects. Just as surgery has improved, so has radiation. We've been known here for a long time for having our CyberKnife® unit. CyberKnife combines robotics with radiation treatment and allows us to deliver a very precise and accurate treatment to tumors when they're very small, and [it has] a very low risk for side effects.
The ultimate goal we have when we treat here is to make sure we take care of the patient as a whole — [to] have all the treatment modalities available to them so that they have the best treatment with the least amount of side effects and can live their best life after we're done.