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  • Lungs for Life Lung Cancer Screening Program
    for earlier cancer detection at Rome Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine

    The Lungs for Life Lung Cancer Screening Program is coordinated by Katherine Freeman, FNP, and can help detect lung cancer earlier when there are more treatment options. If you or someone you know is 50-80 years old and has a history as a heavy smoker, you may be eligible.

    The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is only 15.9% because lung cancer is typically detected in the later stages of the disease. Screening for lung cancer before symptoms appear increases the chance of being diagnosed at early stages when cancer can be more successfully treated.

    The Lungs for Life Lung Cancer Screening Program is available for eligible high risk smokers and former smokers who meet guidelines as recommended by The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

    According to the guidelines, screening is recommended if you are:
    o Age 55-80, and
    o Have a 30 pack year history of smoking (example: one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years); and
    o Have smoked within the last 15 years;
    The NCCN recommends low-dose CT screening only for those at highest risk of developing lung cancer to ensure that the benefit of the exam outweighs the risks. The hospital utilizes specialized software to lower the radiation dose during CT scans.
    The Lungs for Life screening program supports findings from a national lung screening trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute. The trial showed participants screened with low-dose CT had a 20% lower chance of dying from lung cancer than those who were screened with chest x-rays.
    Katherine Freeman, FNP, our Lungs for Life clinical coordinator will ask you a few questions on the telephone to determine if you are eligible for the program. If you are eligible, she will contact your primary care physician, who will order the low-dose CT scan.

    Once you are screened, your results will be sent to the Lungs for Life coordinator and your primary care physician.
    When you call the Lungs for Life Lung Cancer Screening Program, you will also receive valuable information about smoking cessation assistance.

    For more information, please call 337-3071.