Lung cancer kills more people in Florida than any other kind of cancer.
TAMPA, Fla. — Cancer touches so many of our lives. In Florida, lung cancer kills more people than any other kind.
According to the American Cancer Society, this year alone, nearly 11,000 people have died from lung cancer in Florida. That’s about the same number of colorectal, pancreatic and female breast cancer deaths added together. There’s a new technology in Tampa that could help reduce that number.
The Monarch, a robotic bronchoscopy machine, is now at St. Joseph’s Hospital. It will help doctors diagnose patients much earlier than they were previously able to because they can get direct visual access to biopsy affected areas inside the lungs.
Pulmonologist Dr. Michael Alvarez has already been able to use the new robotic technology to diagnose a patient, saving her the stress and cost of multiple diagnostic appointments.
“Now I’m confident going into a procedure. One of the worst things I can …