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Lung cancer accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths. More people die of lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Early detection is the key to survival, but the majority of lung cancers are detected in later stages. That’s because symptoms usually don’t appear until the disease is advanced and, in many cases, it’s found only when the person undergoes an X-ray for an unrelated reason.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death because often there are no symptoms until its has spread. The good news is a lung cancer screening can help detect it early when there are more treatment options.
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers a screening test called Low-dose Computer Tomography (LDCT) to detect lung cancer. A LDCT is a non-invasive, painless procedure that uses low-dose x-rays to screen the lungs for cancer. The technology is an evidence-based approach utilizing the guidelines set by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Recent studies show that LDCT lung cancer screening is more precise than standard screening methods (i.e. chest x-ray, sputum cytology) in detecting lung cancer. Unlike standard chest x-rays, during a LDCT lung cancer screening cross-sectional images are taken of the lungs. This allows the radiologist to see the lungs from every angle.
If you are a current or former smoker, please speak with your physician to discuss your risks and benefits of receiving a low dose CT scan. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute has screening locations throughout Georgia.
If you are a Medicare patient, your physician will use the following criteria to determine whether you should be screened. For non-Medicare patients, similar criteria will be used to determine eligibility. All patients must have a written order from a physician to receive a LDCT lung cancer screening.
Screenings are available for people who show no current lung cancer symptoms (asymptomatic).
If you are unsure if any of your current health conditions are considered symptoms of lung cancer, have any questions about the screenings or to determine eligibility please contact (404) 531-4444.
A full evaluation by a pulmonologist, with additional imaging scans (chest X-ray, CT, PET), may be involved in the screening and diagnostics for lung cancer. Possible endoscopy procedures may include one that looks inside the bronchial tree, while another may assess enlarged lymph nodes with an ultrasound. A biopsy will ultimately establish a lung cancer diagnosis. Once all of this information is gathered, if cancer is confirmed, staging will take place (based on the size, location and extent of the tumor). This information is important in guiding the oncology team in their treatment recommendations and prognosis.
Northside’s GI and Pulmonary Endoscopy Centers offer diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions. Northside's team of pulmonologists (physicians specializing in pulmonary conditions), pulmonary therapeutic specialists and endoscopy nurses are ready to collaborate with you and other related health care specialists, including anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, and radiologists, to develop an individualized plan of care. Learn more about our pulmonary endoscopy services.
The Interventional Pulmonology Program, a subspecialty area within the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s Lung Cancer Program, offers advanced, non-invasive techniques and procedures to assist with early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancers, as well as pulmonary nodules and other related diseases. The following procedures are examples of the interventional pulmonology technologies available at Northside. Learn more about our interventional pulmonology program.
The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking! As part of our comprehensive approach to prevention and early detection, Northside offers a Smoking Cessation Program to help individuals quit smoking. Northside Hospital’s Smoking Cessation Program offers a seven-week class that educates participants about the hazards of smoking, the benefits of quitting and strategies/skills to cope with urges. The class is conducted primarily in a group setting, with face-to-face interaction that allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences, but also includes web-based sessions for convenience.
NEW in 2016: Classes to be held at Northside Hospital-Cherokee, in addition to Northside's Atlanta and Forsyth campuses.
For additional information or to register for a class, contact (404) 780-7653 or email@example.com.
Should you or someone you love be diagnosed with Lung Cancer, click here to learn more about the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Lung Cancer program.