Pulmonology and Thoracic Care
Our team of pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicine specialists, and thoracic surgeons work together to addresses multiple debilitating conditions, including shortness of breath, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, bronchitis, emphysema, and interstitial lung disease, as well as lung and thoracic cancers.
Our team is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients. Our program provides treatment for:
- Emphysema (COPD)
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Advanced Obstructive Lung Disease
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Occupational Lung Disease
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Thoracic Cancers
- Pleural Diseases
In addition, our physicians offer programs in:
- Critical Care/Respiratory Intensive Care
- General Pulmonary Medicine
- Interventional Pulmonology
- Microwave Ablation for Pulmonary Nodules
- Respiratory Therapy
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Sleep Medicine
Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screenings
Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Haverhill now provides advanced lung cancer screenings for adult patients who are current or former smokers, and considered at high risk for developing lung cancer.
The new screening method, called Low-Dose CT, uses state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) to look for signs of lung cancer before there are symptoms. Low-Dose CT takes detailed pictures of the lungs to detect potentially treatable lung cancers that are often too small to be detected with an x-ray. When lung cancer is detected at an early stage, success rates for treating the disease are much higher. Holy Family Hospital’s lung cancer screening program, managed in conjunction with the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, offers patients access to the lowest-dose CT scans in the region.
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Breathing-related Sleep Disorders
Holy Family Hospital also specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with breathing-related sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Our Center for Sleep Medicine is equipped with a complete sleep laboratory and staffed by a multidisciplinary team of sleep experts who provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment plans. The laboratory provides technical support, including a full range of pulmonary function testing, bronchoprovocation testing and blood gas analysis.
Expert Diagnosis, Treatment and Surgical Care for Thoracic Disorders
In the Center for Advanced Thoracic and Pulmonary Care, our team provides high quality medical and surgical care, utilizing the latest technology, for patients with a variety of thoracic disorders.
We provide access to the full spectrum of advanced techniques, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), bronchoscopy and endoscopy.
Holy Family Hospital physicians have access to highly trained and experienced Steward Health Care physicians from multiple specialties, including pathologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, interventional radiologists, and Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care’s medical oncologists, for a multidisciplinary approach to thoracic disorders as well as comprehensive, fully integrated care
Our compassionate, skilled and experienced team performs the latest surgical and minimally invasive procedures, and our advanced treatments promote faster healing rates and better outcomes including:
- Minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), useful for the treatment of:
- Lung nodules
- Lung cancer
- Collapsed lung
- Esophageal cancer
- Chest (mediastinal) masses
- Minimally invasive management of:
- Hiatal hernia
- Esophageal conditions
- Swallowing difficulties
- Airway conditions, including:
- Stricture or stenosis of the larynx and trachea
- Collapsing (“malacia”) of the trachea and bronchus