Lebanon VA Medical Center recently held a ribbon cutting for its new cancer center and urology outpatient clinic in addition to acquiring an advanced bronchoscopy capability to help diagnose veterans with possible lung cancer.

“The cancer center and urology outpatient clinic will work together to fight prostate cancer, the No. 2 leading cause of cancer death for men, and bladder cancer, the No. 8 cause of cancer death for men,” said Dr. Stuart Roop, chief of staff.

“In addition, our new navigational bronchoscopy system greatly advances our ability to diagnose and stage lung cancer, the No. 1 cause of cancer death for both men and women.”

The cancer center and urology outpatient clinic features and eight exam rooms and five procedure rooms equipped with the latest in medical technology. The facility is 9,000 square feet and cost $5.5 million.

“One of the advantages to this space for veterans [patients] is that it is more convenient. Many procedures can be done at the clinic’s procedure rooms. Previously, certain procedures had to be performed in the operating room,” said Dr. Carl Reese, urologist and associate chief of staff for surgery.

The new bronchoscopy system uses electromagnetic navigation, which creates a 3D map guiding doctors to the area of concern in the lung to determine if the area is cancerous.

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible to receive care and benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more, call (717) 272-6621, ext. 6000.

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