Risk Assessment Program For Lung Cancer
Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center Risk Assessment Program was developed to assist patients determine their risk of getting cancer. Our skilled clinical team utilizes risk assessment tools, diagnostic results and genetic testing to deliver a personalized risk reduction plan. This plan educates patients on predisposition to cancer and outlines ways cancer risk can be reduced.
Risk Assessments For Lung Cancer
Through a consultation with one of our expert physicians, we offer a Risk Assessment Program. Our program intends to evaluate individuals for early signs of lung cancer. We then create a personalized and customized risk reduction plan based on each person’s unique combination of factors. Our program is under the direction of Cleveland Lewis, MD, Board-certified Thoracic Surgeon and Medical Director Lung Tumor Site & Oncology Quality.
Depending on your individual needs, our staff may conduct a lung cancer screening using Low Dose Computed Tomography. A low-dose CT or LDCT uses less ionizing radiation than a conventional CT scan, and is a non-invasive procedure that is effective in detecting the earliest stages of lung cancer. A LDCT is recommended for individuals with a high risk of developing lung cancer. Performing these screenings annually previous to any signs or symptoms of lung cancer can lower or reduce your risk of death.
Characteristics of Individuals at High-Risk for Lung Cancer
The following characteristics may indicate a high risk for developing lung cancer:
- 55 – 77 years of age.
- Must be asymptomatic (they do not have signs or symptoms of lung cancer).
- Either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack a day for 30 years).
If you are age 50 to 54 and have an additional risk factors in addition to a 20 pack year smoking history, such as asbestos exposure.
Your Customized Risk Assessment Program
We take a multidisciplinary approach to assessing high-risk lung cancer patients. Our team is experienced in working together to develop comprehensive, personalized plans for reducing your lung cancer risk. Our collaborative method helps expedite and coordinate treatment and assists in securing necessary referrals.
Dependent upon your risk factors, your customized program may include:
- A medical consultation
- Clinical lung cancer screening, using Low Dose Computed Tomography
- A comprehensive Risk Assessment
- Screenings, tests, and options for prevention customized to your level of risk
- Genetic counseling, testing and education
- Follow-up surveillance exams and coordination
- Specialized Lung Cancer Services
- Nutrition and lifestyle counseling
Our cancer specialists combine the latest medical and scientific knowledge with the most advanced surveillance and diagnostic methods.
Our team’s education, clinical and personal experiences, along with state-of-the-art technology, enables our Risk Assessment Program to provide compassionate, specialized, and optimal care to our patients.
For more information or to schedule your preliminary consultation, or to register for a screening appointment, call 1-888-321-6762.