Research shows that with screening, lung cancer can be diagnosed earlier and treated more successfully. In fact, found in its earliest stage, lung cancer is 80 percent curable.

The CHI Health Lung Health Center is designed to detect lung cancer and other non-cancer lung conditions at their earliest stages and help patients access life-saving care as quickly as possible. It is specifically 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.

Lung Cancer Screening

The Lung Health Center offers cancer screenings for high risk patients and can help coordinate the process, if needed.

At the Lung Health Center, you’re screened, have a confirmed diagnosis within 48 hours and begin treatment faster. Time is critical; immediate treatment decreases the potential for spread of the lung cancer.

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

Low Dose CT Screening

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.

Diagnosing Lung Cancer

The Lung Health Center utilizes two state-of-the-art technologies to detect and diagnose lung cancer and non-cancer lung conditions. These advanced tools provide physicians with the most accurate diagnostic information available, making it easier to diagnose lung cancers less invasively than ever before and to precisely identify the stage of cancer.

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    EBUS technology 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)
    Super Dimension is designed to extend the reach of the conventional bronchoscope, this technology enables pulmonary physicians to make early diagnoses of benign and malignant lung lesions, enhancing treatment options and avoiding the need for higher risk procedures.

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.

Lung Center Staff

The Lung Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team dedicated to and specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Treatment

If lung cancer is found, rest assured that you are in the very best hands at CHI Health. Our highly skilled and compassionate cancer team provides the latest and most advanced diagnostic procedures and treatment options. Knowing that it takes more than treatments and tests to beat cancer, our team will develop a holistic care plan personalized to your circumstances. Your plan also includes access to a wide variety of support services to help both you and your family cope with cancer’s emotional, physical and spiritual effects.

Lung Health Center
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  • CHI Health Bergan Mercy
    Lung Health Center
    7500 Mercy Rd
    Omaha, NE 68124
    402-717-LUNG (5864)
  • CHI Health Good Samaritan
    Lung Health Center
    10 E 31st St
    Kearney, NE 68847
    (308) 865-7881
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth
    Lung Health Center
    555 South 70th St
    Lincoln, NE 68510
  • CHI Health St. Mary's
    Lung Health Center
    1301 Grundman Blvd
    Nebraska City, NE 68410
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