Benign & Malignant Tumor Ablation - Therapeutic Options
Cryotherapy: uses the extreme cold of nitrous oxide (N2O) and a cryo-pencil to debulk tumors or as a method to remove foreign bodies within the airway.
Electrocautery: uses high frequency electrical current to vaporize tissues with the aid of a probe, knife, or snare accessory.
Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC): uses argon gas and a probe to debulk airway tumors.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): uses a photosensitizing agent that, when in the presence of oxygen and a light source of the proper wavelength, causes cell death.
Spray Cyro-Ablation: uses the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen and a probe to debulk tumors, decrease pleuritic chest pain, resolve effusions and produce pleurodesis quickly
Fiducial Marker Placement: utilizes ENB and EBUS to place gold markers in nodesand peripheral lesions thereby optimizing external beam and stereotactic radiation.