Lung Cancer & Lung Nodule Care Program
If you’re at risk for developing lung cancer, turn to Mount Auburn Hospital’s Lung Nodule Care Program for an individualized care plan to help you protect your health. You’ll benefit from a multidisciplinary team that provides effective screening, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of lung nodules.
Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center
When lung cancer is detected early—before symptoms appear—it’s easier to treat. You can trust the experts at Mount Auburn Hospital to provide safe, effective lung cancer screenings because we’re an American College of Radiology (ACR) Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.
How Do You Screen for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer screenings are performed using a noninvasive, painless imaging test called low-dose computed tomography (CT). Count on your Mount Auburn care team to clearly explain the screening procedure, discuss what results can mean, and provide details on how the team will follow up with you.
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Who Needs Lung Cancer Screening?
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual lung cancer screening for adults who meet the following criteria:
- Are between 55 and 80 years old
- Currently smoke or smoked within the past 15 years
- Have a history of heavy smoking (an average of a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years)
You also may be considered for a lung cancer screening if you’re over 50 with other risk factors, or if you smoked a pack a day for at least 20 years and have at least one other risk factor.
Proactive Approach to Lung Cancer Detection
You benefit from our proactive approach to cancer detection. Mount Auburn Hospital radiologists monitor all CT scans for lung nodules; we’re always watching for signs of lung cancer, no matter the reason for your imaging test. If a CT scan shows an area of concern, your radiologist will share the results with your primary care physician and the multidisciplinary team and you will be offered an appointment within 24 hours for a full evaluation.
Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Care
Count on Mount Auburn Hospital’s Lung Nodule Care Program team to provide collaborative care that helps you catch lung cancer early and treat it using the most conservative measures possible. Your Lung Nodule Care Program team includes:
- Interventional radiologists (doctors who perform minimally invasive image-guided procedures)
- Oncologists (cancer doctors)
- Pathologist (doctor who examines cells and tissues to make a diagnosis)
- Pulmonologists (lung doctors)
- Radiation oncologists (doctors who treat cancer with radiation therapy)
- Radiologists (medical imaging doctors)
- Social worker
- Thoracic surgeon (doctor who performs operations on the lungs and other organs in the chest)
Individualized Care Plan
Your multidisciplinary care team will work together to evaluate your nodule and decide next steps. They may recommend diagnostic tests, such as additional imaging tests or a biopsy. Once your doctors have determined whether your nodule is cancerous or benign (noncancerous), they’ll work with you to create an individualized care plan based on your diagnosis and preferences.
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More information on lung nodules from the American Thoracic Society is available here.