Lung Health Program

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both women and men. More people die from lung cancer than from breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. And more than 80 percent of all cases of lung cancer are attributed to smoking. Currently about 75 percent of people with lung cancer are found to have advanced disease that has spread at the time of diagnosis.  For these people, the five-year survival rate is less than five percent.

We want to change those statistics. That’s why we offer a comprehensive Lung Health Program to detect, diagnose, treat and cure lung cancer.  From innovative technology and highly-trained sub-specialists to state-of-the-art facilities and a caring team who will be with you every step of the way, we have what it takes to take care of your lungs. Our multi-disciplinary lung health team includes thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists, and medical oncologists who meet regularly on a weekly basis, and review cases to make the best care decision.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screening saves lives
Cancer treatment is most effective when the disease is detected early, which is often before symptoms develop. A low-dose CT screening for lung cancer reduces mortality due to lung cancer by finding it before the patient is even aware it’s there. In 2011, the National Cancer Institute published findings from a 10-year study that showed low-dose CT screening reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20%.  Recently the United States Preventative Services Task Force endorsed this test for screening.

Early detection is key
A low-dose lung cancer screening aids in the early detection of lung cancer, when it is most treatable, and offers the highest probability for a cure.  During the screening, a CT scan takes pictures of the inside of the body from different angles. This low-dose CT scan uses 1/8th the amount of radiation as that of a standard CT, a level which is well below that which is considered potentially harmful to patients.

Our lung cancer screening is the first step
Our program brings together a group of medical providers to guide you through the screening progress.  Prior to your CT scan, you’ll meet with a Physician Assistant who will provide educational information and discuss questions you may have. Your scan will be read by a specialized group of radiologists and any findings will be discussed in a group conference by wide variety of specialists in the treatment of lung disease and lung cancer. And if you are still smoking, you’ll be given educational material that will contain valuable information to help you quit smoking.

Get started now!
To learn more, or to find out if you qualify for the Lung Screening Program, call 425-297-LUNG (5864).  Or, have your doctor call or send us a referral for your screening.