Study Shows Technique to Be Effective in Identifying Smallest Lung Cancers

University of Cincinnati researchers have found that a procedure called radiotracer localization is a highly effective way to find and remove potentially cancerous spots in the lungs.

The research team, some who are UC Health physicians, are the only providers in the region and among a small number in the country performing this easy and less invasive technique.

“Radiotracer localization has been our preferred method since 2009, but we wanted to see if it was the most effective method. It has been used by a few centers in Europe and infrequently in North America, despite several advantages,” says Sandra Starnes, MD, co-director of the Lung Cancer Center at the UC Cancer Institute, John B. Flege Jr. Chair and professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, UC Health surgeon and principal investigator on this study.

The procedure, performed during surgery, involves injecting the suspicious spot in the patient’s lung with a radioactive material. Doctors then use a probe that is able to locate this material, allowing surgeons to remove only the portion of the lung that may have cancer.


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