UnityPoint Health - Central Illinois implements technology to help patients detect and treat lung cancer earlier

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Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 3:12 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Minimally-invasive lung cancer screenings are now available at UnityPoint Health - Central Illinois.

The hospital system is the first in the region to use the lon endoluminal system, a robotic-assisted platform for lung biopsies.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, but according to a news release, the average 5-year survival rate is 92% when diagnosed at the earliest stage.

“We are proud to invest in this life-enhancing technology to provide better cancer care solutions,” says Dr. Pooja Gupta, Pulmonologist at UnityPoint Health. “The Ion system helps us with the difficult early-stage diagnosis of lung cancer, which helps us provide better outcomes for our patients.”

Lon enables physicians to obtain tissue samples from deep within the lung, addressing a challenging aspect of lung biopsy.

It may also help patients avoid subsequent biopsies by helping enable a diagnosis through the samples obtained.

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