Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and historically one of the deadliest. It is the…
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and historically one of the deadliest.
It is the second most common cancer development in both men and women and the main cause of cancer death in men and women; But since it is not symptomatic until advanced stages, it is often unnoticed and it is difficult to treat.
But it does not have to be that – it’s better to know than to let it go.
Low dose CT scans are very effective for detecting lung cancer at their early stages, when treatment is most successful and the height of the cough is high. The test is quick and easy, and is performed in CMC’s radiological department, an ACR-accredited facility.
Patients are on a table that the CT machine takes sweeping shots of the chest. The whole test lasts about 30 seconds and requires no contrast door ̵
1; so there is no needle stick. It is also safe. Radiation exposure is about the same level as you would experience on a country road.
CT results will always be read by a board certified radiologist and the results will be sent to your doctor. If your search becomes suspicious, you may be referred to a specialist or sent for subsequent screening in a few months.
Treatment options for lung cancer are more effective and varied than ever before, especially when it was discovered
Clinical therapy, radiation, tumor blation and surgery are offered locally, and CMC’s interdisciplinary approach ensures that your care is always well-coordinated and comprehensive.
Low dose CT lung cancer screening is not right for everyone. Talk to your doctor if you think you are at risk of lung cancer, especially if you are or have a long smoker. Free annual screening is available for patients who are:
• Current smoker or end within the last 15 years,
• Have at least 30 years of history (1 pack year = 1 pack / day / year or fractions thereof),  • Between 55 and 77 years.
Smoking is by far the biggest risk factor for the development of lung cancer. Quitting smoking does not only affect your risk of cancer, it also improves your health and the health of those living in your household. It’s a deep way to make a meaningful difference in the lives of many people.
Quitting smoking is not easy. Many resources are available to help you or a loved one on the road. CMC offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program, as well as a class of hypnosis for smoking.
On November 15, the American smoke detector CMC will also have a cigarette recycling bin outside the hospital. Just drive or get up and commit yourself to discarding your unused cigarettes or other smoke material in the collection tray.
Information on support services and our low dose CT lung cancer screening will be available.
CMC Radiology Section Chief Dr. Robert Sprague is with Southern New Hampshire Radiology Consultants in Bedford.