Memorial Hospital Jacksonville is a local leader in the detection and treatment of lung cancer. Memorial offers a comfortable and convenient way to gain peace of mind by detecting lung cancer earlier. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the U.S.

Lung cancer symptoms

In the early stages, many lung cancer patients may not be symptomatic. Generally, symptoms of lung cancer appear in the advanced stages when it becomes more difficult to treat. Some common symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Coughing, with or without blood
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Lung cancer screening

Computed tomography (CT)

Our 64-slice helical CT scanner can be used for screening patients who have a high risk for developing lung cancer, for follow up imaging of suspicious lung lesions and for helping to stage lung cancer. Our radiologists will review the low dose CT images for any suspicious spots that need further attention.

At-risk patients include individuals that are 55 and over with a 30 year smoking history and that are either a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.

The low dose CT screening is available at either Memorial Hospital or our Memorial Plaza imaging location. Call (904)702-1150 to schedule an appointment.

Bronchoscopy

Our pulmonologists use our bronchoscopy suite to perform minimally invasive lung diagnostic procedures and treatments using a bronchoscope inserted through the nose or mouth. A bronchoscope allows the pulmonologist to determine if there are any foreign bodies, tumors, bleeding or inflammation in the airways and lungs.

In addition, pulmonologists use the bronchoscopy suite to perform airway stenting and thoracoscopy/pleuroscopy.

Traditional bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that enables a physician to examine the major air passages of the lungs through a thin lighted tube called a bronchoscope. This allows the physician to evaluate the lungs and collect small tissue samples to diagnose lung disease and lung cancer. Traditional bronchoscopy however, cannot reach the distant regions of the lung and often more invasive surgical procedures are needed to make a diagnosis.

inReach™ electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy

Our superDimension® inReach™ System is used to help pulmonologists reach previously inaccessible regions of the lung to detect small lung lesions for diagnosis and treatment. Using GPS-like navigation, this system enables physicians to make early diagnoses of benign and malignant lung lesions, enhancing treatment options and avoiding the need for higher risk procedures.

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a diagnostic tool that provides a more precise determination of a patient’s lung cancer stage. Using this less invasive approach, the pulmonologist passes a small bronchoscope, with a special ultrasound tip, through the patient’s mouth and down into the windpipe. Many patients evaluated with EBUS are able to forgo more invasive surgical procedures at Memorial Health.

Lung cancer treatment

Lobectomy

A lobectomy is a procedure to remove a portion or a lobe of your lung. It is typically recommended after a lung cancer diagnoses, if surgery is the suggested form of treatment.

A lobectomy can now be performed through robotic surgery. Surgeons operate through a few small incisions between the ribs.

Location

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
3625 University Blvd. S
Jacksonville, FL 32216