Lung Cancer Evaluation Center
Stony Brook University Cancer Center
Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed by interventional pulmonologists. Stephen Kuperberg, MD, Interventional Pulmonologist on the Lung Cancer Team at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, explains how cutting-edge advances in interventional pulmonology are taking lung and airway cancer diagnosis and treatment to the next level.
What is the role of an interventional pulmonologist?
Interventional pulmonology is a relatively new aspect of pulmonary medicine. As an interventional pulmonologist, I diagnose, stage and treat conditions and cancer of the lungs. Staging is an important part of cancer diagnosis, as it is a common language used amongst care providers to assess the extent of the disease. I’m a member of the lung cancer team at Stony Brook Cancer Center. My colleagues and I meet once a week to discuss the best approach to your care. This group includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and nurses.
What does “interventional” mean?
Interventional refers to minimally invasive procedures that I can use to view your lungs. I insert an endoscope, which is a device that consists of a small tube and an optical system, through the mouth, into the airway and lungs. Various types of tools can be inserted through the endoscope for different procedures.
What diagnostic procedures do interventional pulmonologists perform?
Some of the advanced diagnostic techniques we use for cancer include:
What treatment procedures do interventional pulmonologists perform?
Treatment procedures for lung and other types of airway cancers that we perform using an endoscope or bronchoscope include:
Why should patients choose Stony Brook Cancer Center for lung cancer treatment?
Our team of experienced specialists collaborate to create the best plan of care for each patient. Beyond that, we have the full services of Stony Brook Medicine for patients who need medical care in addition to their cancer diagnosis. We also have a Lung Cancer Screening Program and superb support services. This is the place to come when you or a loved one needs to be treated for a lung condition or cancer.
To make an appointment, with a doctor on the lung cancer team, call (631) 444-2981. For information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program, call (631) 638-7000.