The Lung Institute
More people die from lung cancer every year than die from breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society. One reason for the low survival rate is that lung cancer is often recognized in its later stages, when it is most difficult to treat and the course of action for patients is limited. Manatee Memorial Hospital has a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of physicians and healthcare professions who work together to determine the best course of action for people who are diagnosed with lung cancer.
People who are at high risk for lung cancer can significantly improve their chances of surviving the disease if it is detected in its earliest stages. By making an appointment with the Patient Navigator to have a low-dose-radiation CT scan, survival rate may improve through earlier detection, accurate diagnosis, accurate localization and curative therapy.
Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation
Manatee Memorial Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
Are You at Risk For Lung Cancer?
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following risk factors for Lung Cancer:
- Smokers who are 55-74 years old; who have smoked a pack or more a day of cigarettes for 30 years or more and who are still smoking or who quit less than 15 years ago
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Exposure to radon
- Exposure to workplace substances including asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, silica and chromium
- Family history
- Radiation therapy to the chest
Smokers at High Risk
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Cancer Society have recommended screening smokers who are 55 to 74 years old; that have smoked a pack of cigarettes or more a day for 30 years or longer and who are still smoking or who quit less than 15 years ago.
The NCCN also recommends screening smokers 50 and older who have smoked a pack of cigarettes or more a day for 20 years or longer and have one additional risk factor for lung cancer (radon exposure or occupational exposure to certain chemicals).
The dedicated multi-disciplinary team includes:
- Patient navigator
- Primary care physicians
- Thoracic surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Surgical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Nursing/ancillary staff
Patient Navigator Is Here To Help!
A patient navigator is on call in the Lung Institute to offer you and your family personalized assistance from the moment you call or visit. The patient navigator can schedule low-dose-radiation computerized tomography (CT) scans for patients, and helps guide patients and their families through healthcare decisions.
For more information or to make an appointment call 941-745-6930.