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Lung Cancer Screening Center

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset multidisciplinary team brings together pulmonologists, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, nurses, patient navigator and staff, focused on improving outcomes for lung cancer patients.

The goals of the team include:

  • Increasing the number of lung cancers diagnosed at an early stage
  • Reducing the time between a lung cancer diagnosis and the start of treatment
  • Encouraging more patients to participate in lung cancer research studies offered at the cancer center

Lung Cancer Screening Center

Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center To promote early detection of lung cancer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has launched a Lung Cancer Screening Center for those at high risk of the disease.

If you are a smoker or former smoker between 50-80 years old (up to 77 years old for patients on Medicare) with 20 or more pack years (number of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked), talk to your doctor about getting a CT screening for lung cancer.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Lung Cancer Screening includes:

  • Low-dose CT scan
    • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s state-of-the-art GE VCT-XT scanner features advanced computer software that produces high quality images while reducing radiation dosage. A specially-designed breast shield also minimizes exposure to radiosensitive breast tissue. Our radiologists customize each CT scan to each patient, following low dose radiation protocols to reduce radiation exposure by as much as 80 percent.
    • During the chest scan, patients must hold their breath for 5 seconds. A computer creates 3-D images of small sections of the lung that offer excellent detail and enable the detection of very tiny lung lesions that are often smaller than 1 centimeter. Radiologists who specialize in evaluating lung CT scans review the results.
  • Consultation with a smoking cessation specialist from the medical center’s Tobacco Quit Center

For more information about lung cancer screenings at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, call (855) 795-5864, (855-RWJ-LUNG).

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Lung Cancer Screening Program

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women and by far the leading cause of all cancer deaths. On a positive note, the number of new lung cancer cases continues to decrease due to the decline in smoking and advances in treatment and early detection. Tune in as we will learn more about risk factors for lung cancer, prevention strategies and the latest screening tools from Kaidlan Ricardo, lung cancer screening coordinator at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

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