Minimally Invasive Robotic Lung Cancer Surgery
Thoracic surgeons at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital are using the advanced da Vinci robotic surgical system to perform minimally invasive lung cancer surgery, offering new hope to patients with early stage lung cancer who may not be good candidates for a more invasive operation. Dr. Lana Schumacher, AGH thoracic surgeon, talks to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI-TV about the hospital's robotic surgery capabilities. To learn more about Allegheny General Hospital's cancer capabilities, visit http://www.wpahs.org/specialties/canc...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:Procedure to Save the Esophagus Feeds Effort to Build Human Organs
Monday, August 6th, 2012
Blair Jobe, a West Penn Allegheny Health Systems surgeon, is scheduling the clinical trial to begin in September and involving as many as 40 patients who have Barrett's disease with dysplasia (abnormal cell growth) or early-stage esophageal cancer.
The trial will test whether regrowth of the esophagus lining produces better results than the current practice of removing the entire esophagus to treat esophageal cancer, then creating a makeshift esophagus with a portion of the stomach.
To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.