Orange Park Medical Center
September 02, 2021

ORANGE PARK, FL, August 27, 2021 – A new technology that helps fight lung cancer is now in use at HCA Healthcare’s Orange Park Medical Center. The hospital is the first in Clay County and among the first hospitals in the U.S. to offer robotic bronchoscopy for lung cancer diagnosis. The technology provides a more accurate diagnosis of small and previously hard-to-reach abnormal growths in the lung, also known as lung nodules.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. That’s mostly due to the lack of symptoms in its early stages,” said Dr. Maria Antonio-Miranda, a Pulmonologist at Orange Park Medical Center.

The minimally invasive procedure uses a small camera navigated by a physician with a controller-like interface. The flexible robotic endoscope has improved reach and vision compared to traditional technology used to detect lung nodules. The robotic bronchoscopy technology also reduces side effects such as a collapsed lung or hemorrhage.

“This technology – robotic-assisted bronchoscopy – significantly improves our ability to reach, biopsy and therefore diagnose smaller and more peripheral spots or nodules in the lungs. Patients will then be able to receive the necessary treatment and intervention earlier. This could translate to the improvement of survival in patients with lung cancer,” said Dr. Antonio-Miranda.

More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer lose their battle with the disease. This new technology dramatically improves the patient’s chance for survival and reduces the risk of a false positive or false negative result.

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