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Lung Cancer Screening

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. Early detection and diagnosis of a pulmonary nodule, which may be cancerous, provides the best chance for a cure.

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 - 80 who have smoked the equivalent of one pack daily for 30 years
  • Ages 50 - 80 who have smoked the equivalent of one pack daily for 20 years and have one additional risk factor.
  • Additional risk factors are:  Radon exposure, Asbestos exposure, Cancer history, Strong family history of lung cancer, Significant second hand smoke exposure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Lung Cancer screenings are not for patients with active cough, hemoptysis, and shortness of breath.  (These patients will require a regular CT scan of chest)
 
Additional eligibility determined upon speaking with a screening specialist.

PinnacleHealth has partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection's Radon Division to offer all lung cancer screening patients radon kits for radon testing, which is included in the $99 screening fee. A certificate will be mailed to the patient attached to the test results with further instructions.

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) 230-3700 or Toll-Free 1-866-455-9729.