Good Samaritan Medical Center offers a potentially life-saving opportunity for current and former smokers to be screened for early detection of lung cancer. The goal is to help individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer receive a diagnosis and treatment for their disease at an early stage when it is easier to treat and possibly cure.
What Is A Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung cancer screening looks for signs of lung cancer before you feel symptoms from the disease. Low-dose CT scan is the test now recommended to screen for lung cancer. Screening allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment, which may slow or even stop cancer from progressing. Many lung cancer deaths can be prevented by screening high-risk people every year.
Why Is Lung Cancer Screening Important?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. It is estimated that over 221,200 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Lung cancer has traditionally been undetectable until it has reached a late, often incurable stage. With advances in technology and cancer research, there are now proven and effective ways to screen for lung cancer at its earliest stages.
Who Can Participate In The Lung Cancer Screening Program?
You may qualify for our CT Lung Screening Program if you:
Are between ages 55-77
Are a current smoker or have quit smoking in the last 15 years
Super D Navigation System
Our Lung Health Program now offers a minimally invasive procedure, the superDimension™ System, for possible lung cancer patients. This technology allows physicians to navigate and access difficult-to-reach areas of the lungs from the inside, so that patients with cancer can receive treatment as soon as possible, and those with benign conditions can potentially avoid surgery.
This significant advancement is designed to aid in the diagnosis of lung cancer and overcomes limitations of traditional diagnostic approaches including bronchoscopy, needle biopsy and surgery. The system guides physicians through the complicated web of pathways inside the lungs, so that they’re able to access and sample target tissue throughout the entire lung without surgery or a needle biopsy.
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