Making Strides in Screening for Lung Cancer
Adena Health System is offering lung cancer screenings for patients most at risk for the number one killer of all cancer patients. The lung cancer screening is a simple, painless, low dose CT chest scan. With early screening and detection, those in the screening population who are without symptoms, have a lung cancer survival rate of up to 80 percent.
A recent study showed that the low-dose spiral CT scan can decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer among heavy smokers.
Patients who benefit most from lung cancer screening are: those between the ages of 50-70; quit smoking fewer than 15 years ago; and have 20 “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're interested in having a lung cancer screening please call (740) 542-LUNG (5864).
Adena Lung Nodule Program
If you have a CT scan or chest X-ray and your doctor finds a nodule, or spot, on your lung, the Adena Lung Nodule Program is a program that includes further testing and monitoring. A nodule may be non-cancerous, but through the program, a pulmonologist will monitor it so that if it becomes cancerous over time, it can be treated early.
When a doctor refers a patient to the program, the patient will be seen within 48 hours. State-of-the-art imaging services, including bronchoscopy and CT-guided biopsy using a 128-slice CT scanner, are used to monitor lung nodules for earlier detection.
If you’re a smoker, consider talking to your doctor about a chest CT scan.
To learn more about the Adena Lung Nodule Program, call Adena Pulmonology at 740-779-8700.
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