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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
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The Mass General Interventional Pulmonology Program manages patients with complex respiratory problems, including lung cancer and pleural disease, using techniques that are less invasive than traditional surgical methods. These techniques often reduce the recovery time, complication rate and discomfort associated with more invasive procedures.
As part of providing optimal care, we collaborate closely with colleagues in other specialties, including thoracic surgery, oncology, rheumatology and infectious diseases.
For the patient who needs therapy in addition to pulmonary intervention, we work closely with his or her referring physician and treatment team. When a patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, we collaborate with specialists at the Mass General Cancer Center, located next to our office building at the hospital's main campus.
Patient care begins with an evaluation by one of our interventional pulmonology specialists. Before your first appointment, please ask your referring physician to send us your medical records and test results, especially X-rays or other images. Because our diagnostic procedures are minimally invasive, most can be performed on an outpatient basis in our office.
Our team is committed to advancing research in the field of interventional pulmonology. We are involved in several initiatives that could result in major breakthroughs in the care of patients. These include:
In addition, we are involved in clinical trials with the Mass General Center for Thoracic Cancers to develop therapies for lung cancer.
Our experienced clinical team treats patients with challenging airway and pleural disorders by using highly specialized procedures and today's leading-edge technologies.
Our program diagnoses and treats the complete range of central airway, lung and pleural diseases, from chronic respiratory disorders to benign and malignant lung tumors:
For referring physicians, we serve as a resource for their patients who have persistent respiratory symptoms that defy normal diagnosis. For patients with known lung diseases requiring further evaluation, we perform a wide range of advanced diagnostics, such as lung-cell sampling to test DNA, which can help in developing a targeted and personalized treatment plan for cancer.
The techniques and devices we use in interventional pulmonology are among the most innovative available, and our physicians and nurses are experts in using them to diagnose and treat our patients.
Innovations are emerging continually, and we embrace those that are clinically tested and clinically approved.
Some of the specialized diagnostic procedures we provide today include:
Therapies we administer include:
Additionally, the onsite laboratories at Mass General offer the complete spectrum of diagnostic tests—such as cytology, pathology and microbiology—that help us make prompt and comprehensive diagnoses.
How we administer care to patients is about much more than mastering advanced technologies and procedures. Our clinical practitioners have chosen this field because they understand how respiratory diseases affect quality of life, and they want to administer therapies our patients can tolerate more easily. The clinical team includes a fellowship-trained pulmonologist, nurses and nurse practitioners.
Our director, Colleen Channick, MD, founded the Interventional Pulmonology Program at Mass General in 2009 after serving as director of an Interventional Pulmonary Unit at a major medical center in San Diego.
Dr. Channick has performed thousands of minimally-invasive pulmonary procedures and is an expert in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of lung, pleural and central airway disorders. She teaches other physicians highly specialized pulmonary procedures and focuses her research on developing and testing the next generation of interventional devices and techniques.
Lung cancer is cancer that usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can also begin in other areas of the respiratory system, including the trachea, bronchioles, or alveoli.
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or chemical irritants.
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