Lung Cancer Screening
Early detection and diagnosis of a pulmonary nodule, which may be cancerous, provides the best chance for a cure. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in the United States, with more than 150,000 Americans dying from this disease each year. There is now clear evidence that screening people at high risk for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan leads to 20% fewer deaths from this disease. At PinnacleHealth, we offer a low-dose screening CT scan to identify nodules or other findings suggestive of lung cancer which can then be managed in our Pulmonary Nodule Clinic.
The American Cancer Society and other leading organizations recommend that a pulmonary nodule found on screening be managed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of pulmonary nodules and lung cancer. PinnacleHealth offers the only multidisciplinary Pulmonary Nodule Clinic in the Central Pennsylvania region and can provide seemless care from a positive lung cancer screening result to a comprehensive evaluation in our clinic.
Benefits of Lung Cancer Screening
Better Chance for a Cure - Lung cancer is the number one cancer related cause of death in the United States, with more than 150,000 Americans expected to die from this disease this year alone. Finding lung cancer early offers you the best chance for a cure.
Early Diagnosis and Treatment - Because lung cancer often causes no symptoms in the early stages, having a screening study is the best way to ensure early diagnosis and treatment.
Reduction in Mortality - Screening with a low-dose CT scan is proven to reduce death from this disease by 20%, and is recommended for individuals at risk for lung cancer.
Who Should be Screened?
The PinnacleHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program recommends screening for the following individuals:
Ages 55 - 74
Smoked the equivalent of 1 pack daily for 30 years
Additional eligibility determined upon speaking with a screening specialist.
To learn more about the PinnacleHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program and additional eligibility for screening, please contact the Pulmonary Nodule Clinic to be directed to a screening specialist.
(717) 231-8399 or Toll-Free 1-855-855- LUNG (5864)
PinnacleHealth-Fox Chase Regional Cancer Center
Pulmonary Nodule Clinic patients benefit from our 20-year affiliation with one of the nation’s top cancer research hospitals, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, with access to clinical research trials and prevention programs. In addition to state-of-the-art imaging and treatments, PinnacleHealth-Fox Chase Regional Cancer Center offers physical therapy, nutrition therapy, pain management, genetic testing, cancer risk assessment, and a resource library at the Medical Sciences Pavilion on the PinnacleHealth Community Campus in Lower Paxton Township.
Free parking is available in the Brady Visitor Parking Garage located on Mary Street. Please bring your parking ticket to your appointment to be validated by our receptionist. Free valet parking is also available at the main doors of Harrisburg Hospital.