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Lung Cancer Screening Program – Greensboro Radiology and Cone Health

Lung Cancer Screening Program – Greensboro Radiology and Cone Health


LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM – GREENSBORO
RADIOLOGY AND CON HEALTH>>>I spoke with my GP, and I’m a former
smoker. We decided to do the screening and after the
screening was done, they found a tumor on my left lung, and had it not been for the
screening, the tumor would have never been found. I wouldn’t be really here today had I not
had that CT scan done.>>>One of the big problems with lung cancer
is that it’s asymptomatic until it’s advanced, and the vast majority of cases nowadays that
are found are advanced and not curable at the time they’re diagnosed.>>>Anybody who’s been a long-time smoker
should consider a lung cancer screening. The reason is that if we catch lung cancer
in an early stage, it’s very treatable.>>>Lung caner screening really is a major
breakthrough for lung cancer. Ninety percent of cancers detected by CT screening
are Stage One.>>>The main thing is if it’s early stage
lung cancer, it’s absolutely treatable and curable.>>>And importantly, much more likely to be
curable with minimally invasive surgical techniques, with smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays,
and quicker recovery times if we can find it early through the screening program.>>>Compared to more advanced-stage lung cancer
where there are treatments, uh, but much more difficult to cure.>>>To be a part of the program, first you
need to meet with a healthcare provider to discuss the program, to see if you are an
appropriate patient.>>>We start with a shared decision-making
visit, which is us coming together and talking about the risks and the benefits of the program
and how the program is best suited to you individually. And we give them the guidance of a dedicated
health care team who will work with them to provide a plan of care and see them through
the process.>>>Patients qualify for lung cancer screening
if they’re between the age of fifty-five to eighty years of age, if they’re a long-term
smoker (that means one pack per day on average for greater than thirty years), and if they
are a current smoker, or if they’ve quit smoking they’ve only quit within the last
fifteen years.>>>You must not have signs or symptoms, currently,
of lung cancer, and the two things we’re looking at are you are not coughing up blood
and you have not had an unexplained weight loss of fifteen pounds or greater in the last
six months.>>>As those can be signs of cancer, and they
still need to come in and see their doctor, they still need to evaluated, but the type
of scan that we might do for those individuals is different than the low-dose scan.>>>They should also be free from any active
lung infection as this might lead to false positives or having to repeat a test unnecessarily.>>>What’s important to remember that most
of the findings on CT that are abnormal will turn out not to be cancer. Uh, if you have a finding that is suspicious
for lung cancer, your physician will be notified and you’ll be notified.>>>We work with a team of physicians at all
of our sites, an interdisciplinary team of specialists that involve pulmonologists, thoarcic
surgeons, oncologists, nurse navigators, and your personal physician, to coordinate your
care.>>>So if the biopsy shows cancer, um, the
next step will be, for us as a team of physicians, to recommend an appropriate treatment. In some cases that would be surgery, in other
cases it might be something along the lines of chemotherapy or radiation. In some cases, all three of those would be
used. Some people might be concerned about what
might be found, um, it’s just always better to find it early than it is to find it late. We’ve already had multiple patients who
were found to have early-stage lung cancer who’ve had resection.>>>If you’re a smoker, a former smoker,
it’s an opportunity to check the health of your lung. Unfortunately, mine was not healthy and I
had to have surgery but it saved my life.>>>At the Cone Health Lung Cancer Screening
Program, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge, understanding, and guidance. We want patients to know whether or not they
have something to be concerned about inside their lungs. And if we do find something, we want them
to fully understand what’s there and what the treatment options are available for them. If, indeed, there is something to be concerned
about, we want to help guide them through every step of the way. You are not alone. We’re here to help.>>>If you are a long-term smoker, pick up
the phone and give us a call. We’re here to help you take charge of your
future.

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