Keeping your lungs healthy is always a priority. Lung diseases are some of the most common medical conditions in the world with millions of people in the U.S. alone suffering some form of the disease. Symptoms can vary, as can the causes and treatments. From coughs and colds to more complex conditions like lung nodules and lung cancer, the Lung Cancer Screening Program at UM Upper Chesapeake Health has highly trained specialists that can help.
Lung Cancer Screening
UM Upper Chesapeake Health is a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) offers a reduced-dose lung cancer screening program that evaluates those considered at high risk for developing lung cancer from smoking. A study by the National Cancer Institute and the National Lung Screening Trial found that reduced-dose screening CT scans can decrease the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%.
What are the components of this scan?: The non-invasive scan is performed by a radiology technologist and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. No blood work or intravenous (IV) contrast is needed. A physician referral is required.
Who should be screened?: Screening candidates should...
be aged 55-77 (Medicare covers individuals aged 55-77); other insurances may cover individuals aged 55-80.
AND currently smoke or have quit less than 15 years ago
AND have smoked for a TOTAL of 30 pack-years (pack years = number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by TOTAL number of years smoking)
have no symptoms and have no history of lung cancer
When are screening results available?: The results, which are first reviewed by our team that includes a thoracic surgeon, oncologist, pulmonologist and radiologist, are provided directly to your referring physician to be discussed with you.
Lung Nodule Clinic
Individuals who have lung nodules found on their CT scans are seen in our clinic by specialists who can help diagnose, monitor and treat lung nodules. Early detection and treatment of lung nodules is necessary for achieving the best outcomes.
The Kaufman Cancer Center is a Lung Cancer Alliance Center for Excellence and offers two advances for lung nodules using imaging technology:
- Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS): This technique allows for better examination of the lymph nodes and other structures in the center of the chest.
- Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB): This technique uses pictures from a CT scan and GPS-like technology to create a map and navigate to the nodule. It allows doctors to get to the outer areas of the lung which may be difficult to reach using traditional techniques.
Our specialists will discuss and create a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you. Surgery may be performed when an abnormality or condition has been identified that requires removal or biopsy and is frequently part of the treatment for early stage lung cancers. Our thoracic surgery team specializes in the surgical treatment of disorders of the chest, particularly the lungs and esophagus.