Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in both men and women in the U.S. Smoking increases a person’s risk for lung cancer, but is not the only cause. Exposure to pollution, radiation and asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, may also increase someone’s risk of developing lung cancer. Treatments include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Lung cancer screening
Good Samaritan Hospital offers the latest in lung cancer screening technology, including a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan that is quick, painless and exposes patients to a minimal amount of radiation. Our lung cancer screening program is comprised of skilled and board certified:
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
Lung cancer claims the live of nearly 16,000 people in the U.S. annually. At-risk individuals should strongly consider being screened for lung cancer. At-risk patients include individuals who:
- Are between the ages of 55 and 77 years old
- Are a smoker or recently quit smoking (within the past 15 years)
- Have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (packs per day multiplied by years smoked)
- Are asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
- Currently smoke
The simple fact is smoking puts you at risk, even if you no longer smoke. Good Samaritan Hospital offers a quick and painless screening that can detect lung cancer, at an early stage, even before symptoms appear.
Often times, lung cancer shows no symptoms until it has progressed to advanced stages when it is very hard to treat. At Good Samaritan Hospital our doctors will use CT screening technology to scan for nodules or masses that might be growing in your chest. The technology we use allows us to identify nodules and masses while they are still small so you can be diagnosed and begin treatment as soon as possible. If they are found when small, treatment can be very successful and significantly improve chances for survival.
What is my next step?
If you are interested in lung cancer screening, first visit your primary physician to obtain a referral. Second, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 358-8467 to make your lung cancer screening appointment.
Smoking cessation program
Our smoking cessation program are here to help you to stop smoking. Our smoking cessation program is held every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Cancer Center. The program is facilitated by our certified tobacco treatment specialist, Sheila Brennan, RN, OCN.
To register or for more information, please call (408) 358-8467.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Good Samaritan Hospital helps patients learn about proper breathing techniques, pulmonary relaxation and strengthening exercises, as well as early recognition of respiratory infection. It is vital that patients with lung ailments be enrolled in a pulmonary program as early in their illness as possible. Early detection and treatment of pulmonary problems can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life for patients by reducing the negative impact that comes with the advanced stages of pulmonary disease.
Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation include:
- Better overall quality of life
- Increased energy and stamina
- Decreased shortness of breath
- Greater independence and self-reliance
- Less need for oxygen
- Less hospitalization
- Increased ability to return to normal activities