SEATTLE, Oct. 20, 2009 -- The Seattle Times published a story in today's issue about Kennedy Catholic high-school volleyball standout -- and Seamount League MVP candidate -- Jennica McPherson, who is scheduled to have surgery next week to remove a cancerous tumor in the 16-year-old's lung.
Luckily, Jennica is a prime candidate for a minimally invasive technique called video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), where the surgeon uses a scope equipped with a miniature video camera to view inside the lung. SCI-affiliated Esophageal Cancer Program Surgeon Brian Louie, M.D., is scheduled to perform the surgery Oct. 26 at Swedish/First Hill, where his senior partner Ralph Aye, M.D., was the first physician in the Northwest to perform VATS in 1997.
If Dr. Louie determines during the procedure that he cannot completely remove the tumor using VATS, he will revert to the traditional method, which requires a six-inch incision. But he hopes that won't be necessary as the complete recovery time is much longer -- three to four months instead of six to 12 weeks.
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