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Patients with lung cancer and other tumors may suffer obstruction of their airway, or bronchus, as a result. This is one of the many complications of lung cancer, especially if it has gone undetected anduntreated and then started to spread, or metastasize.During this outpatient procedure, the patient receives a local anesthetic before a small device called abronchoscope is inserted into the nose. The bronchoscope is a camera with a small light on the end usedto view the area to be treated. Once the device is in position, small, plastic catheters will be passedthrough the bronchoscope. At this point, the scope is removed.
Then X-rays and measurements will be taken in order to plan the patient’s treatment. Once the plan iscomplete, the catheter(s) will be connected to an HDR (high dose radiation) machine and the radiationwill be administered. Treatment lasts three to 10 minutes.
Finally, measurements will be taken before the patient is disconnected from the machine and the catheter removed.