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Memorial Offers New Program for Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Posted Date: October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015 GULFPORT, Miss.—Memorial is the first facility on the Coast to provide a new program to assist physicians in diagnosing early stages of lung cancer. The SPiN® Thoracic Navigation System allows physicians to detect lung cancer earlier and accurately access small lung lesions. “The Navigation System is a technological breakthrough that allows physicians to access all peripheral lung lesions, regardless of size or location,” said Dr. Joseph Bosarge, Pulmonologist, Memorial Heart and Lung Clinic. “With this new program, physicians are able to biopsy small nodules using SPiNPerc®, a navigated percutaneous approach. Being able to diagnose and treat these patients earlier will lead to better patient outcomes.” Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. With early detection of lung cancer, the survival rate increases from 15% (stage IV) to as high as 92% (stage I). Medicare and most private insurance plans cover lung cancer screening for individuals with no out-of-pocket cost for the patient. Call (228) 575-1775 to set up a pre-screening visit or go to www.gulfportmemorial.com for more information.