Sarasota Interventional Radiology (SIR-Florida) has established itself as a state-of-the art facility that features the latest in technology to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. The expertise and leadership of leading interventional radiologist Gerald E. Grubbs, MD, SIR-Florida’s medical director, are unparalleled. Combined with board-certified anesthesiologists and a team of experienced clinical staff, SIR-Florida has built a strong reputation for delivering patient care of the highest quality in the Suncoast state of Florida.
SIR-Florida promotes and offers lung cancer screening as a way in which to reduce the number of deaths caused by this disease. Lung cancer affects both men and women and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Smokers have the highest risk for lung cancer, and the risk increases with the length of time and number of cigarettes smoked. Non-smokers can also get the disease, and the American Cancer Society reports that about 20% of those who die from lung cancer have never been smokers. Causes of lung cancer in non-smokers include exposure to radon gas, secondhand smoke, cancer-causing agents (e.g., asbestos, diesel exhaust), air pollution, and gene mutations.
Clearly, the majority of lung cancers occur in smokers, so being a non-smoker is a significant way to reduce the chances of getting the disease. For those who smoke, quitting the habit is the best option to minimize the risk of lung cancer and many other health issues that are negatively impacted by smoking.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer may have no symptoms in the early stages, but more advanced lung cancer is generally associated with these signs and symptoms:
A persistent new or worsening cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Lack of energy, continually being tired
- Unexplained weight loss
Lung Cancer Screening and Treatment
With the aid of lung cancer screening, lung cancer deaths for both males and females who are high-risk former and current smokers are significantly reduced. SIR-Florida offers lung cancer screening using 128-slice, ultra-low dose CT scanning technology. Not only is this CT scanner sophisticated, it also ensures patient comfort and safety. Compared to conventional chest CT scans, SIR-Florida’s sophisticated technology uses up to 90 percent less radiation, produces more detailed pictures than other scanners, and is better at finding small lung abnormalities. This is the scanner you will want for your screening exam.
While lung cancer screening is not a substitute for smoking cessation, recent studies show that it is instrumental in early detection of the disease and helps to significantly reduce lung cancer deaths for both males and females who are high-risk current or former smokers.
If lung cancer is confirmed, several types of ablation performed at SIR-Florida may be appropriate options for treatment, either alone or in combination with other forms of treatment. These include radiofrequency ablation (RFA), microwave ablation, and cryoablation. Size of the tumor(s) and other factors are important in developing the best treatment plan for each individual. In cases where IV access is needed for administration of chemotherapy or medications, PICC lines and port placement are performed at SIR-Florida.