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Advanced Lung Cancer Screening And Treatment

From diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, the lung and chest cancer team at the PinnacleHealth Cancer Institute offers you comprehensive and compassionate lung cancer treatment.

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.
 
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 during a screening be managed by physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat lung cancers.
 
PinnacleHealth offers the only multidisciplinary Pulmonary Nodule Clinic in the Central Pennsylvania region.  We provide comprehensive services beginning with a preliminary screening 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 the disease this year alone. 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.
  • 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.

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 recommended for patients with active cough, hemoptysis(coughing up blood), and shortness of breath. These patients will require a regular chest CT scan.

Symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms vary from person to person, and sometimes people with lung cancer don’t have symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include:
  • A cough that does not go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain, often made worse by deep breathing, coughing or laughing
  • Arm or shoulder pain
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored spit
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness
  • Repeated episodes of pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Clubbing of fingers

If lung cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it may cause:

  • Bone pain
  • Arm or leg weakness or numbness
  • Headache, dizziness or seizure
  • Jaundice (yellow coloring) of skin and eyes
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or shoulder

These symptoms do not always mean you have lung cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may also signal other health problems.

Have You Been Exposed to Radon?

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.

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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.Need more information? Our friendly staff can assist you. To get in touch, click here or call (717) 231-8399 for more information or to make an appointment.

To schedule a Lung Cancer Screening or Calcium Score Screening, please call (717) 230-3700 or Toll-Free 1-866-455-9729

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