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Bennett Cancer Center

Lung Cancer Screening Program


Introduction

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. It is estimated that 160,000 deaths will occur from lung cancer in the United States in 2014.  Most lung cancers are not diagnosed until a patient presents with symptoms such as a cough, chest pain or weight loss.  Unfortunately in most cases, patients with these symptoms already have an advanced stage of the disease.  When lung cancer is detected early, patients have the best chance for cure.

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a recent study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has shown that low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in high risk individuals can reduce mortality rates by up to 20% due to early detection.

 

Who should consider screening?

  • Individuals aged 55-80 who are current or former smokers having quit within the past 15 years and have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years.

What else should I consider in my decision to be screened?

CT scans are very sensitive tests that can identify abnormalities in the lungs that are not cancer. These findings in some cases will need to be evaluated with additional testing or procedures which may cause anxiety. 

In lung cancer screening, individuals are only exposed to approximately one-fifth of the radiation of a standard chest CT scan. To know if lung cancer screening is right for you, consider discussing the risks and benefits with your physician

How do I schedule a screening?

Call 203-276-2602 to schedule a screening exam. You will need a prescription from your physician for the test to be scheduled.


Where will I be screened?

Currently we provide these three convenient locations for screening tests:

  • Darien Imaging Center located at 6 Thorndal Circle, Darien CT 06820
  • Tully Health Center 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford CT 06904
  • Stamford Hospital 30 Shelburne Road, Stamford CT 06902


What happens next?

Our team of Board-Certified Radiologists will review your scan and a report will be sent to your physician. You will be notified of your results outlining any recommendations for follow up if needed. Same day resulting is also available at our Stamford Hospital location.
 
At this time an annual low dose CT scan is recommended yearly for individuals who continue to meet the high-risk criteria for screenings.

Even if your CT scan is normal stopping smoking is the best way to decrease your chance of developing lung cancer. Our screening program is linked to the Stamford Hospital Smoking Cessation Program, overseen by pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, and two certified tobacco-cessation specialists.  Smoking cessation is the single most important intervention to lower the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Please call 203-276-QUIT (7848) to schedule an appointment.
 

Why Choose Stamford Hospital Screening Program?

We are a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology as well as a Screening Center of Excellence as recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance.
 
All scans are interpreted by board certified radiologists utilizing the latest version of Lung-RADS, the interpretation protocol developed by the American College of Radiology
 
Abnormal results are immediately evaluated by a board certified pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon
 
The Thoracic Oncology Program at Stamford Hospital is a true multidisciplinary program comprised of surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, and pathologists all specializing in lung cancer diagnosis and treatment.  This is a crucial component of any quality screening program.  Physicians of various specialties work together to determine the best course of action for any given patient.
 
Patients with abnormal results can be efficiently evaluated and treated by our lung cancer experts with state-of-the-art technology such as:

  • navigational bronchoscopy
  • endobronchial ultrasound
  • CT, PET/ CT, MRI
  • Molecular pathology testing
  • Minimally-invasive surgical techniques (e.g. VATS, robotic)
  • CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy

Dedicated nurse navigator acts as a liason between the patient and caregivers, improving access to personalized and efficient care.
 
We will maintain contact with your primary care physician, ensuring that all results and recommendations are effectively communicated
 
For additional questions please contact Melissa Ronk, RN at 203-276-3365
 


 



 


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