21st Century Oncology Offers New Procedure to Diagnose and Plan Treatment for a Lesion Deep in the Lung

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy uses GPS-like technology to locate, biopsy and prepare to treat a lung lesion

Fort Myers, FL, May 31, 2012 --(PR.com)-- 21st Century Oncology now offers a new procedure called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) that offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion (spot) detected deep in the lung.

21st Century Oncology is one of the first in the area to provide the superDimension® i•Logic™ System as an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung. The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient’s natural airways to access lesions that were previously hard to reach. Typically a patient with a spot on their lung had the options of major surgery to remove a section of the lung, bronchoscopy (which does not reach lesions deep in the lung), needle biopsy, or watchful waiting.

The ENB procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting and its unique approach may increase the chances that a patient will safely get a diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed.

“We are pleased to offer a minimally-invasive alternative for patients who have a lesion on their lung that is hard to reach or cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure,” said Dr. Constantine Mantz, chief medical officer of 21st Century Oncology. “This means we can provide a more accurate bronchoscope with no surgery, needle or biopsy. The ENB also allows ease in placement of gold markers.”

To learn more about lung disease, detection, and options for diagnosing a lesion in the lung visit: www.spotonyourlung.com and www.superdimension.com.

About 21st Century Oncology
Headquartered in Fort Myers, 21st Century Oncology, Inc. is a leading developer and operator of radiation therapy centers in the U.S. For 30 years, 21st Century Oncology has been committed to providing premier, quality, cost-effective radiation therapy services that are responsive to the needs of its patients through continuous improvement and innovation. The company operates in 16 states and has more than 20 offices in Southwest Florida.

For further information, contact:
Sherri Kubesh, 239-839-6015 cell, or skubesh@rtsx.com
21st Century Oncology
Carolyn Rogers