Lung Cancer, Screening and Nodules Program
Experts at the Lung Cancer, Screening and Nodules Program within the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute — Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health are passionate about the prevention, diagnosis, and management of lung cancer.
When you come to Jefferson for your lung cancer treatment, you are surrounded by a multidisciplinary team in partnership with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. We are here to deliver advanced care to those suspected of or diagnosed with lung cancer or pre-cancer conditions.
Our program includes four components devoted to:
- Lung cancer screening
- Evaluation and follow up of pulmonary nodules
- Smoking cessation
- Interventional diagnostic & therapeutic pulmonology
Lung Cancer Screening Program
Lung cancer screenings, including the use of low-dose CT of the chest (LDCT) can improve survival due to early detection of lung cancer by as much as 20 percent.
LDCT uses X-rays to take a picture of the inside of your lungs and is able to detect lung nodules. New guidelines indicate that lung cancer screenings in high-risk patients can save lives.
Jefferson Health's Lung Cancer Screening Program offers a unique one-day service based on state-of-the-art screening methods for lung cancer in high-risk patients. This effort – with support from Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Radiology – is one of the first in the Delaware Valley in the hopes of detecting lung cancer sooner.
Lung cancer screening is for people who are at high risk for developing the disease based on medical history and other risk factors. These criteria must be met to have a lung cancer screening:
- Between ages 50 to 80 years
- Current smoker
- Former smoker
- Significant smoking history
- No symptoms of lung cancer, including cough and and weight loss
Lung Nodule Clinic
Jefferson's Lung Nodule Clinic, one of the first in the Delaware Valley, is staffed and organized by a nurse coordinator and pulmonary medicine specialists with expertise to further evaluate lung nodules.
A "spot on the lung," called a lung nodule, typically isn't a cause for concern as 80 percent are found to be noncancerous (benign). There are many causes for lung nodules, but sometimes they can be the early stages of lung cancer.
With support from related disciplines including radiology, thoracic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology, the Clinic's staff provides one-stop access to detect whether lung nodules are benign or look worrisome by performing:
- Serial scans (plain chest X-ray, CT chest or abdomen and sometimes PET), to document stability and watch the nodule's progression
- A PET scan that shows where possible cancer cells might be, including the lymph nodes in your chest. Your doctor may suggest that you have this done before deciding what type of biopsy to perform. However, if the nodule is less than the size of a marble, a PET scan will be avoided because there is an increased risk of a falsely normal result
- A biopsy by either bronchoscopy or percutaneous needle under CT, to collect a sample of tissue from the nodule
- Surgical resection, to completely remove the nodule
Lung Cancer Types
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death each year across the globe. Only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed during the earliest stages. However, lung cancer screenings and emerging technologies including biomarkers, nonsurgical approaches to biopsy, novel therapies involving radiotherapy and immunotherapy are giving hope to patients. Symptoms related to lung cancer include shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain, lack of appetite and weight loss.
There are several types of lung cancer:
- Lung Cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Metastatic lung cancer
- Benign tumors of the thorax
Make an Appointment
If you would like to make an appointment, please call our office at 215-955-LUNG (215-955-5864), or make an appointment online below. You may also speak with a call center representative at 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) for more information.