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

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

She had previously survived two bouts of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and later beat breast cancer. When her annual CT scan in January revealed a worrying lump on her right lung, doctors assumed it was cancer.

“I never thought I would fight for the fourth time,” he admits burleson Grandmother, 61. “I’m like, ‘No, it’s too hard. I can’t do the chemo and radiation again. I expect to die.’”

Using cutting-edge robotic technology, Boudreau’s doctors performed a bronchoscopy that confirmed she had lung cancer and then minimally invasive surgery to remove it at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth — all while she was being diagnosed this past spring was under a single anesthetic.

Boudreau woke up hours later to find that although she had lung cancer, she was now cancer-free. She was released the next day.

“You’re pinching yourself because you can’t believe it’s true,” Boudreau said. “It was all so easy, no radiation or chemo.”

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

Under the doctor’s guidance, the technology uses an ultra-thin catheter to access and biopsy lesions in hard-to-reach areas of the lungs sooner than traditional diagnostic tests allow. The cancerous tissue is then removed using very small incisions and without the trauma of spreading the ribs apart.

“Often patients can go home the next day,” he said Richard Vignes, MD, a thoracic cardiac surgeon. “This has been a major shift in the patient experience that is gratifying for all of us who have been doing this for a long time, and especially for our patients.”

About Texas Health Resources:

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that cares for more patients North Texas than any other provider. With a serving area consisting of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system strives to provide quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital sites. 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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