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Screening benefits patients at high risk for lung cancer

Screening benefits patients at high risk for lung cancer

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CARLISLE, PA—Carlisle Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce a new lung cancer screening program, designed to detect the early signs of lung cancer in individuals who may be at high risk for developing lung cancer.

This program is being offered by Adam Braze, D.O., a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at the Carlisle Surgical Institute, located at 19 Sprint Drive, Suite 3, near Carlisle Regional Medical Center. It is geared toward current and former smokers who are at least 55 years of age and who have been smoking for twenty years or more.

lung-cancer-screening“There is now scientific proof that screening a specific high-risk group can reduce mortality in lung cancer patients,” said Dr. Braze. “Therefore, the benefits of screening outweigh the risks for those patients. Lung cancer diagnosed early and treated with surgery can have survival rates as high as 80 to 90 percent in five years, in contrast to lung cancer diagnoses in the later stages of cancer, which have five year survival rates as low as zero to five percent.”

The screening program includes a CT scan, which will be reviewed by a multi-specialty team who will diagnose patients and provide treatment options, if needed. It includes a free consultation with Dr. Braze, smoking cessation information, and a risk assessment of lung cancer. The cost of the lung cancer screening is $99.

The National Lung Screening Trial, a long-term study conducted by the National Cancer Institute, concluded that screening individuals at high risk for lung cancer with CT scans can save lives. The trial also showed that annual, low dose, CT chest scans can lead to significant reductions in lung cancer deaths and in overall mortality in patients 55 years and older, including long-term smokers. The American Lung Association reports that roughly 7 million out of 94 million and former smokers nationwide fit the high risk demographic used in the National Lung Screening Trial. 

For more information on the lung cancer screening program, please call the Carlisle Surgical Institute at 717-713-2100 or visit their website at www.carlislesurgical.com 

Carlisle Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive, regional healthcare resource, committed to offering high-quality healthcare, state-of-the-art equipment, expansive services and unique programs, meeting the needs of patients, physicians, employees and the community. Recognized as one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, our high-quality physicians and 165-bed facility makes Carlisle Regional Medical Center one of the best community medical centers.

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