Pulmonary

First 5 renews commitment to Community’s asthma program

First 5 Fresno County renewed its commitment to Valley asthma sufferers by giving more than $110,000 to Community Regional Medical Center’s asthma program. This is the fourth consecutive year First 5 will fund the hospital’s Early Childhood Asthma Program.

New ultrasound technology at Community Regional

Doctors at Community Regional Medical Center now use endoscopic ultrasound to assess lung diseases. This nonsurgical procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images that allow physicians to accurately biopsy lymph nodes in the center of the chest without surgery. Endoscopic ultrasound is a relatively new procedure and a plus for the patient as it also is performed minimally invasively.


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Lung cancer procedure

Margaret Kiser has lung cancer and can barely breathe. Dr. Karl Van Gundy performs a procedure that improves her quality of life dramatically.

Healthcare Heroes episode # 1007.1.

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Lung Services

The average adult takes 20,000 breaths a day, often without giving it a second thought. But each breath is a complex action during which you lungs take in oxygen from the air and carry it to your bloodstream. For people with lung disease, difficulty breathing can be scary. Lung disease is any disorder that occurs in the lungs or that causes the lungs to not function properly.

Surgery Options

Cardiothoracic surgery (heart surgery) is done to correct problems with the heart. In the United States, more than half a million heart surgeries are performed each year for a variety of heart problems. We offer the most advanced cardiac procedures in the Valley including:

Patient Benefits

Prior to creating our Lung Nodule Program, the average patient with lung cancer in the Central Valley waited almost three months for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Part of this delay was the complexity of decisions and the need for multiple specialists to be involved in the decisions. 

When faced with a possible malignancy or tumor, one of the most overwhelming aspects of the process is navigating through the multitude of doctor appointments and procedures. Not only can it be a challenge to coordinate, but it can waste valuable time.

Lung Nodule Program

Lung cancer is one of the top three cancers that affects Valley residents and often starts as a small nodule, lesion or mass of tissue on the lung. While many nodules are benign, cancerous nodules can grow quickly and require immediate attention and follow up. If caught in early stages, you have more options and positive outcomes.

First 5 grant boosts Community’s asthma program for children

Community Medical Centers received $60,000 in grant money from First 5 Fresno County for the Community Asthma Education and Management Center. This grant is a continuation of the $200,000 grant the center received in early 2009 for its Early Childhood Asthma Program.

Community Regional Lung Nodule Program expedites lung cancer treatment

When her cough wouldn’t go away last February, Anetta “Jane” Edwards’ primary care physician ordered an X-ray, which confirmed her worst fear – lung cancer.  Next came a CAT scan and a lung biopsy that left her in the ICU in a south Valley hospital for days.


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Catching A Breath

Learn about a new program that’s giving patients a breath of fresh air, here in the Valley.

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