Lung Cancer Screening
CHI Health offers cancer screenings for patients who have had an abnormal chest scan or suspicious lesion, and for those who have been previously diagnosed with lung cancer and require routine observation. The screening is performed using low dose computed tomography (LDCT), which uses a small dose of radiation to produce numerous X-ray like pictures to create a high-definition image of the lung. This procedure is simple and non-invasive.
Lung Screening Eligibility
- Aged 55-77 - Coverage may vary based on your insurance
- Current smoker or former smoker who has quit
in the last 15 years and
- Smoking history of at least 30 “pack years”
The American Cancer Society defines 30 pack years as:
- One pack per day for 30 years
- Two packs per day for 15 years
- Three packs per day for 10 years
If you are at high risk, please call your primary care doctor for a referral.
Diagnosing Lung Cancer
CHI Health utilizes two state-of-the-art technologies to detect and diagnose lung cancer and non-cancer lung conditions:
- Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) allows for viewing and biopsying the regions of the lungs and mediastinum that have traditionally required more invasive surgical procedures to evaluate. This tool is specifically designed for evaluating and biopsying central lymph nodes and lesions near the airway within the lungs.
- Super Dimension Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB) is designed to extend the reach of the conventional bronchoscope, enabling pulmonary physicians to make early diagnoses of benign and malignant lung lesions, enhancing treatment options and avoiding the need for higher risk procedures.
- Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) is a minimally-invasive technique --video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery -- that is used to diagnose and treat lung (and other chest) problems. VATS is performed with a small video scope and special instruments to minimize trauma. Three small (about one-inch) incisions are made, compared to the long six- to eight-inch incision made during the traditional surgery. The scope transmits images of the operative area onto a computer monitor for the surgeon to see.
Lung Cancer Treatment
Once a diagnosis is made and disease stage is determined, each patient's condition is presented at a weekly multidisciplinary conference where medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and pulmonologists discuss the most advanced individual treatment options for the patient. Thereafter, the Lung Center will work in collaboration with the patients’ primary care provider and oncologist to coordinate and determine the best plan of care.