Comprehensive Lung Program

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

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. The Comprehensive Lung Program at Wellington Regional Medical Center 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. A low-dose-radiation computerized tomography (LDCT) scan may improve the survival rate through earlier detection, accurate diagnosis, accurate localization and curative therapy.

Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center

Wellington Regional Medical Center 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.

Should You Have a Screening for Lung Cancer?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services lists the following criteria for screening:

  • Smokers who are 55-77 years old who have smoked a pack or more of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years and  are still smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago
  • Currently have no symptoms, such as fever, chest pain, new shortness of breath, new or changing cough, coughing up blood or unexplained significant weight loss
  • No personal history of lung cancer within the past five years

Other factors your physician may consider include:

  • 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
  • Diet

Smokers are at High Risk

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the ACS 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 are still smoking or 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).

Our Clinical Care Coordinator is Here To Help

Our Clinical Care Coordinator offers you and your family personalized assistance from the moment you call or visit. The Clinical Care Coordinator can schedule LDCT scans for patients, and helps guide patients and their families through healthcare decisions.

Contact Our Clinical Care Coordinator

To contact the Clinical Care Coordinator, please call 561-500-5864 (LUNG) or email at wrmclungprogram@uhsinc.com.