First in County to Use New Tool in Cancer Fight
December 01, 2011
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Ventura County to perform the Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) procedure. Previously, patients requiring this type of treatment were typically referred out of the community into the Los Angeles area.
EUS is a minimally invasive procedure which allows the physician to see internal organs without making an incision. It combines two well-known procedures - endoscopy and ultrasound - in order to obtain 3-D images and information about the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, as well as surrounding tissues and organs.
Because EUS can be used to visualize organs outside the digestive track, endoscopic ultrasound plays an important role in diagnosing diseases of the pancreas, bile duct, liver, spleen and gallbladder as well as assessing a variety of cancers.
EUS helps to determine the extent of the spread of certain cancers of the digestive and respiratory systems, to accurately assess the cancer’s depth, and whether it has spread to adjacent lymph nodes or nearby vital structures, such as major blood vessels.
According to Kumar Desai, M.D., a fellowship trained EUS Gastroenterologist at Los Robles Hospital, "In some patients, EUS can be used to obtain samples of tissue of a lump or lesion to help determine the proper treatment without the risks associated with larger surgeries."
Physicians performing EUS require specialized fellowship training beyond the normal scope of specialty training. For more information or to find a physician who is trained to perform EUS, please contact Los Robles Hospital’s free Physician Referral Line at 1-877-888-5746.
Los Robles Hospital is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. For more information on this program and others, visit the website at losrobleshospital.com.