Radiation therapy is a form of high energy x-ray that kills cancer cells. It can be used as a primary treatment, or in combination with chemotherapy (with or without surgery) for curative intent. Radiation also plays an important role in the care of patients with advanced cancer by providing relief from pain, airway obstruction, shortness of breath, or coughing.
Varian Edge™ Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
Only a few centers around the world offer Varian Edge technology. The Edge is a state-of-the-art linear accelerator with best in class radiosurgical capabilities. The Edge offers a 6 degrees of freedom treatment couch for accurate patient positioning, real-time tumor motion management, and the highest dose rate available, ensuring fast, precise delivery of high dose radiation.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses medication to destroy cancer cells. It is also used to stop, slow the growth or shrink cancer cells. Chemotherapy is often administered through catheters and ports.
State of the Art Infusion Unit
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s state of the art infusion unit is available for chemotherapy and biologics treatments. The infusion unit is fully staffed with highly trained oncology doctors, nurses and pharmacists and features semi private areas with individual televisions.
Laser Bronchoscopy for Tumor Destruction
Laser Bronchoscopy uses a laser to destroy airway tumors or lesions as well as eliminate obstructions in the bronchial tubes that cause shortness of breath.
Airway Stent Placement for Narrowing of the Airway
Stents are small cylindrical expandable tubes, very similar to the types used by cardiologists to open up arteries in the heart. They are used to open bronchial tubes that are occluded or narrowed due to infection, tumors or scar tissues.
Electrocautery Bronchoscopy for Destruction of Lesions and Removal of Polyps
Electrocautery bronchoscopy uses electric currents to destroy benign and malignant tumors in the bronchial tubes. It also helps to open up obstructed airways and to stop bleeding.
Argon Plasma Coagulation
Argon Plasma coagulation uses mild electric currents to destroy benign and malignant tumors in bronchial tubes, open up obstructed airways, and stop bleeding.
Balloon Dilation for Tracheal and Bronchial Stenosis
Balloon dilation for tracheal and bronchial stenosis uses small balloons to dilate bronchial tubes. The procedure passes the balloons through small bronchoscopes. The procedure is similar to angioplasties performed by cardiologists, except that it is done on the bronchial tubes.
Photodynamic therapy uses an injection of a special chemical in the blood that is absorbed by cancer cells in the lungs. After the chemical is given, special light is used to activate the chemical absorbed inside the tumor cell, destroying the tumor cell but not affecting the healthy ones. This can be very useful in early stages of cancer to prevent further growth.
PleurX Catheter Placement
This treatment involves placement of a pig-tail catheter in the pleural spare when fluid continues to re-accumulate, especially in patients with malignant pleural effusions.
Brachytherapy places a small catheter in the lung so radiation can be given inside the bronchial tube. This is utilized in patients with central tumors or tumors inside the airway, as well as patients who have received large doses of external radiation.
Cryotherapy uses cold energy and freezing temperatures to treat bronchial lesions.
Foreign Body Aspiration or Inhalation and Removal
Foreign body aspiration and removal removes accidentally inhaled foreign bodies such as food, insects and others from the airway with little baskets or other tools.