Lung cancer kills more men and women in the U.S. than any other type of cancer with currently six percent or 1 in 14 men and 1 in 16 women diagnosed during their lifetime. By the time it causes symptoms, cancer has often spread outside the lungs, making it difficult to treat.
Annual Lung Screenings
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force now recommends annual lung screenings for adults who are at high risk for the disease due to age and smoking history even if they are not showing any signs or symptoms. Faith Regional’s Lung Cancer Screening Clinic offers a multi-disciplinary approach to screen for lung cancer in patients who are current smokers or former smokers (how have quit within the last 15 years) with a 30-pack year history (number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoking) who are between the ages of 55 and 78.
Read through our Lung Screening Flow Chart to find out if you qualify for Annual Lung Screenings at Faith Regional.
Lung Screening Using CTs
Faith Regional’s Lung Cancer Screening Clinic uses a low-dose CT (Computed Tomography) scan to capture a highly-detailed image of your lungs to locate lung nodules, or small spots on your lungs. There is no way to determine if the small lung nodules are scars or lung cancer without further testing. Many times, CT scans are done over time to determine if the lung nodule grows. If the lung nodule is large enough, you may need a biopsy.
Call Faith Regional's Lung Cancer Screening Clinic at (402) 644-7553 to schedule a consultation.
A Better Biopsy
Faith Regional uses Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) as a minimally-invasive option to locate, do a biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion (spot) detected deep in the lung.
- Combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses a patient’s natural airways to access lesions that were previously hard to reach. Typically a patient with a spot on their lung had the options of major surgery to remove a section of the lung, bronchoscopy (which does not reach lesions deep in the lung), needle biopsy, or watchful waiting.
- Enables a physician to take tissue samples from very small masses earlier and more safely than other methods.
- Typically performed in an outpatient setting and its unique approach may increase the chances that a patient will safely get a diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed.
- Can be used with a wide-range of patients including those who suffer from poor lung function or have had cancer surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopies are typically performed by a specialty physician, such as a pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon. Because ENB is performed in an outpatient setting, most people go home the day of the procedure, without requiring an overnight hospital stay.
- The most common reason for having an ENB procedure includes abnormal findings such as a spot on the lung on a chest x-ray or CT-scan.
At Faith Regional, your care will be coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and healthcare professionals that includes:
- Thoracic Surgery
- Medical Oncology
- Radiation Oncology
Specialists from these disciplines will work together to create an optimal care plan for you.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
Your doctors may feel your best course of treatment involves using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). This type of radiation therapy delivers high doses of radiation directly to the tumor. Due to the high level of radiation delivered in each treatment, the number of treatments needed can often be significantly reduced. For example, a patient that may have needed 20 to 25 radiation treatments can now be treated in as few as five treatments. Such high doses of radiation are able to be delivered because our patient positioning system enables our radiation technicians to shift patients as little as a half-millimeter to very precisely target the tumor and spare surrounding tissue. Your doctor will consider various factors before prescribing SBRT including your medical history, the size and location of the primary tumor, and if and how your cancer has spread. Currently, Faith Regional only offers SBRT to treat lung cancer but will expand to using SBRT to treat other types of cancers in the future.