Services & Specialties December 17, 2013

Lung Cancer Screening Program Receives National Recognition

Just five weeks into its Lung Cancer Screening program, the Adena Cancer Center was designated a “Screening Center of Excellence” by the nation’s leading lung cancer advocacy group. The Lung Cancer Alliance designates Centers of Excellence to identify the places a patient can go for a lung cancer screening that will offer them well-coordinated care and disease management.

“We are really proud of this,” said Dr. Jeffery VanDeusen, medical director of the Adena Cancer Center. “We felt that we had done a wonderful job creating this lung cancer screening program, and by receiving this official stamp of approval from Washington, D.C., it shows we truly have an excellent program at Adena.”

In addition to receiving national recognition, Adena’s lung cancer screening program has been extremely successful. In its first six weeks, nearly 100 people have been scanned and more than 100 more are scheduled for lung cancer screenings. Preliminary numbers show that the rate of cancer in patients scanned thus far is possibly up to six percent, which is about 3.5 times the national average of 1.8 percent.

In addition to lung cancer, the scans are also finding life-threatening aneurisms, advanced heart disease, liver nodules and tumors as well as quite a few lung nodules. Patients with these conditions are being referred to a team of Adena specialists who are available to help them treat and manage their conditions.

“This is where we really save lives,” said Dr. VanDeusen. “We’re not just finding lung cancer with this test. That’s why it’s such a powerful screen.”

Dr. VanDeusen adds that a key to the program’s early success is the availability of the scan, which is currently being provided at no cost to the patient through the month of December. Those who should consider getting a lung CT scan include anyone:

  • Between the ages of 55-74;
  • Quit smoking fewer than 15 years ago; and
  • Have 30 “pack years” of smoking in their recent or distant past. A “pack year” is calculated by taking the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day and multiplying it by the number of years the person smoked. Therefore, a two-pack a day smoker, who smoked for 15 years is considered a 30-pack year smoker and should be tested.

If you or a loved one falls into this recommended group, please consider setting up a lung cancer screening. By knowing where you stand, and having screenings each year, you have a greater chance of survival in the case of a lung cancer diagnosis.

Schedule a lung cancer screening today by calling (740) 542-LUNG (5864). You must meet the screening criteria listed above to receive a free screening. Those not meeting the criteria should contact their health insurance provider to determine if the cost of the screening will be covered.