Lung Nodule Program
Fort Sanders Regional’s robotic-assisted bronchoscopy helps detect cancer earlier.
A Regional Leader in Lung Care
Patients in our region have a significantly higher rate of new lung cancer diagnoses compared to the national average. Covenant Health Fort Sanders Regional is the first hospital in East Tennessee to implement robotic-assisted bronchoscopy technology. Patients who need a proceudre to determine whether a lung mass or lung nodule(s) is cancerous are referral candidates.
Our program has a patient-centric approach. A designated nurse navigator helps patients who are receiving care, supporting individualized plan outcomes and providing referring physicians with progress updates.
Finding Lung Cancer Earlier
Our specialized team is focused on detecting lung cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable. While most lung nodules are not cancerous, monitoring incidental findings can help determine if additional testing is needed. Studies show early detection of lung cancer, along with timely initiation of treatment, greatly impacts patient outcomes.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy
- Less anesthesia required
- Smaller incisions and reduced scarring
- Improved accuracy
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Shorter length of stay
- Faster recovery and lower risk of infection
Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung nodules are discovered through various types of screenings. Some may be found through a regular imaging scan in an emergency, inpatient, outpatient or primary care setting.
However, low-dose CT scans are recommended as an optimal tool for lung cancer screening. Low-dose scans are generally recommended for people ages 50-77 who have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years, have a past history of cancer, or have been exposed to potentially carcinogenic substances.
Covenant Health offers Lung Cancer Screenings at multiple locations throughout our region.