Early lung cancer detection and treatment at Holy Cross

New SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™ helps physicians detect and diagnose the smallest suspicious nodules earlier to guide rapid cancer treatment.

Fort Lauderdale, FL -  Holy Cross Hospital is the first in Broward to offer a new cutting-edge tool in the battle against lung cancer, and it’s helping our leading cancer experts diagnose the disease earlier when patients have the best prognosis. The technology, SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™ from Veran Medical, helps guide physicians through the lungs much like a GPS navigation system.

The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™ takes ordinary CT scans and turns them into 3D virtual maps that physicians use for precisely targeting lesions and navigating the lungs. Procedures take approximately one hour and are typically performed in an outpatient setting. Clinical studies utilizing Veran’s technology have demonstrated diagnostic yields that exceed 90%.

The lungs are complex, with more than 1,500 miles of airways in the average person. Suspicious nodules that require diagnosis can be as tiny as 8mm (about the size of a small pea), and because those nodules move when patients breathe, locating and obtaining samples to diagnose them can pose a significant challenge.

The SPiN System™ tracks movement and patient breathing 20 times per second to ensure physicians precisely locate moving targets. To ensure precision tracking of nodules during procedures, physicians use Veran’s Always-On Tip Tracked® instruments which are equipped with tiny electromagnetic sensors that allows doctors to visualize step by step where they are within the lung straight through to the target. In addition, approximately 40% of nodules lie outside of airways. Only the SPiN System™ allows lung specialists to seamlessly transition from an endobronchial approach (down the trachea) to a percutaneous approach (through the skin) to avoid diagnostic delays, reduce unnecessary procedures and reduce the potential corresponding complications.

Lung Cancer remains the number one cancer killer worldwide. According to the American Lung Association,  most lung cancer cases are diagnosed at later stages when the cancer has spread to other organs, treatment options are more limited, and survival is lower.

In Florida only 20.1 percent of cases are caught early when survival is much higher (55.3 percent nationally). Unfortunately, most cases (46.9 percent) are not caught until a late stage when survival is only 4.5 percent (nationally).

When suspicious lesions are discovered, patients need answers. As your trusted health partner for life, Holy Cross Hospital, continues its commitment to invest in health care technology and innovation to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

For more information about patient care using the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™ at Holy Cross Hospital, call 954-351-LUNG.