Early detection and robotic technology helped save the life of Texas Health patient April Boudreau

FORT WORTH, Texas, November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — April Boudreau she wasn’t sure she had what it took to fight cancer again.

She had previously survived two bouts of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and later beat breast cancer. So when her annual CT scan revealed a troubling nodule in his right lung in January, doctors assumed it was cancer.

“I never thought I would fight a fourth time,” admits the Burleson grandmother, 61 years old. “I’m like, ‘No, it’s too hard. I can’t do the chemo and radiation again. I’m waiting to die.'”

Using the latest in robotic technology, Boudreau’s doctors performed a bronchoscopy that confirmed he had lung cancer and then minimally invasive surgery to remove it at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, all while he was under unique anesthesia last spring.

Boudreau woke up hours later to find that while he had lung cancer, he was now cancer-free. She was discharged the next day.

“You pinch yourself because you can’t believe it’s true,” Boudreau said. “This was all so simple, without radiation or chemotherapy.”

In select cases like Boudreau’s, Texas Health Fort Worth’s multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program can provide patients with a holistic approach to lung cancer care by combining robotic-assisted bronchoscopy technology with minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Guided by the clinician, the technology uses an ultra-thin catheter to access and biopsy lesions in hard-to-reach areas of the lung sooner than traditional diagnostic tests allow. The cancerous tissue is then removed through very small incisions and without the trauma of separating the ribs.

“Often, patients can go home the next day,” he said. Ricardo Vigness, MD, thoracic cardiac surgeon. “This has been a major change in the patient experience that is a delight to all of us who have done this for a long time and especially our patients.”

About Texas Health Resources:

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system serving more patients in north texas than any other provider. With a service area consisting of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospitals. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges, and more than 26,000 employees.

SOURCE Texas Health Resources

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