Pulmonologists play an important role in the diagnosis and accurate staging of intrathoracic malignancies. In 2007, over 400 bronchoscopies will be performed by members of the Pulmonary Division, often as part of a lung cancer work-up. This number continues to climb.
The Division has added endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) as a tool in the Strong Memorial Hospital bronchoscopy suite, and the suite itself will be fully renovated in the next year. We also perform bronchoscopies at Highland Hospital, which boasts a newly renovated endoscopy suite.
The division has experience with electrocautery, argon plasma, and intratumoral chemotherapy. Referrals come from throughout central New York and northern Pennsylvania. Some referrals are directly to Pulmonary, while others come from the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and its partnership with outlying cancer centers.
Pulmonary participates in the multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Board, in conjunction with our active Thoracic Surgery division, Medical and Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Imaging Sciences. Pulmonary also conducts its own monthly pathology review in conjunction with representatives from Pathology.
The multidisciplinary Pulmonary Nodule Clinic, headed by Dr. Nead, evaluates patients with single or multiple nodules, some of whom eventually require bronchoscopic and oncologic services. The collaborative environment and wealth of resources available at the University of Rochester Medical Center make it a perfect place for patients in need of a diagnosis and treatment for thoracic malignancies.