Lung Cancer Screening

Did you know...
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women and 85% of these deaths can be attributed to smoking. Additionally, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties’ lung cancer rates are among the highest in New Jersey.

Lung Cancer Screening at Inspira
Inspira’s program helps patients detect lung cancer earlier and increase their chance of surviving. Our program follows the high risk inclusion criteria as established by the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, which found that screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans can lower the chance of dying from lung cancer by 20%. Our program is designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology, and in 2014 we were named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Who is eligible for screening?
You should be screened for lung cancer if you are:

  • Between the ages of 55 to 77 
  • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years

A prescription from your physician is needed to be scheduled for the screening. Patients who do not fall into the criteria as outlined by the National Lung Screening Trial will not be eligible for this program. However, if you have questions about lung cancer education or smoking cessation we encourage you to contact us for more information.

What are the highlights of the program?

  • Low dose CT scan interpreted by a board certified radiologist
  • Multidisciplinary specialists available for  patients to assist in explanations or further treatment planning
  • Nurse Navigator to provide education and smoking cessation assistance, as well as scheduling and guidance through treatment
What happens during the test?
Screening involves a painless, non-invasive scan that takes about 20 seconds. There is no blood work or IV required. You will be asked to hold your breath during the scan in order to limit the motion in your lungs.

How will the Nurse Navigator help me?
Inspira’s Thoracic, Head and Neck Oncology Nurse Navigator serves as the clinical coordinator for the lung cancer screening program. Our Nurse Navigator ensures patients are well informed about the screening process. And if needed, she offers support and resources to patients through their diagnosis and treatment plan. Additionally, our nurse navigator is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and will work with smokers to help them break the habit and quit smoking for good.

Where can I get screened?
We offer two convenient screening locations for people in the community, including Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury.

If your screening produces a suspicious result, our experienced cancer team will work in collaboration with your primary care physician to provide you with high level care in a timely manner.

Screening is available at:
Inspira Medical Center Vineland
1505 West Sherman Avenue
Vineland, New Jersey

Inspira Medical Center Woodbury
509 North Broad Street
Woodbury, New Jersey

For more information about lung cancer screening at Inspira, ask your doctor or call (856) 641-8670.

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