New Procedure Available at Hannibal Regional for Diagnosing Lung Cancer


According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer can be deadly and is the leading cause of cancer death. It makes up for 25% of all cancer deaths and kills more than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined. On the positive side, advances in early detection and treatment are helping to reduce the disease burden and death of lung cancer.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to announce the arrival of a new, advanced minimally invasive procedure to aid in lung cancer biopsy and staging, called endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). Having this procedure available locally means patients can get answers (and get started on treatment) faster, without having to travel far.

Dr. Jennifer Minoff is a pulmonologist who recently joined Hannibal Regional Medical Group. She specializes in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the lungs, airways and chest.  Dr. Minoff completed medical school and internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then completed her fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at St. Louis University Hospital.

Dr. Minoff performs specialized bronchoscopic techniques, including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). EBUS is not only used to diagnose lung cancer, it can also help diagnose many other conditions in the chest, such as lymphoma, masses in the lungs or mediastinum (middle chest), interstitial lung disease, or certain lung infections.

As with other cancers, early detection is crucial for increasing the chances of positive outcomes. To reduce the risk of lung cancer, those who currently smoke should quit. People aged 50 years or older who smoke, or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, should get screened for lung cancer. Talk to your provider to discuss ways to minimize your risks, or call Hannibal Regional to set up an appointment with Pulmonary at 573-629-3500.