Lung Cancer Screening Program
Personalized care. Clinical excellence.
Interested in our Lung Cancer Screening Program?
If you think you might be a good candidate, bring the Lung Cancer Screening Prescription Form to your physician.
For additional questions, please contact Melissa Ronk, RN, OCN, at 203-276-CARE. Press 3.
The fact? Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and most of the time is not diagnosed until you have symptoms like cough, chest pain, or weight loss. The good news? When detected early, you have the best chance to be cured. And, quitting smoking is the best way to decrease your chance of developing lung cancer.
The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a recent study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has shown that low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in high risk individuals can reduce mortality rates by up to 20% due to early detection.
As always, we encourage you to discuss the risks and benefits of lung cancer screening with your physician. If the following applies to you, you should consider a low-dose CT scan:
- You’re between 55-77 and a current smoker
- You’re a former smoker that quit within the past 15 years and smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years.
Why Choose a Lung Cancer Screening Program?
- Our multidisciplinary team approach lets physicians of various specialties work together to determine the best course of action for your care.
- We’re designated by the American College of Radiology and a Screening Center of Excellence, and recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance.
- Our board-certified radiologists interpret all scans utilizing the latest version of Lung-RADS, the interpretation protocol developed by the American College of Radiology. Abnormal results are immediately evaluated by one of our pulmonologists or thoracic surgeons.
- Patients with abnormal results can be efficiently evaluated and treated by our lung cancer experts with state-of-the-art technology such as:
- Navigational bronchoscopy
- Endobronchial ultrasound
- CT, PET/ CT, MRI
- Molecular pathology testing
- Minimally-invasive surgical techniques
- CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery
- Our program provides a dedicated Nurse Navigator who acts as a liaison between the patient and caregivers, improving access to personalized and efficient care.
- We will maintain contact with your primary care physician, ensuring that all results and recommendations are effectively communicated.
Lung Screening Locations
There are three convenient locations in Stamford:
- Stamford Hospital at One Hospital Plaza. You’ll get same-day results at this location.
- Darien Imaging Center at 6 Thorndal Circle
- Tully Health Center at 32 Strawberry Hill Court
After Your Lung Screening
Our radiology team will review your scan and a report will be sent to your physician who will then connect with you personally. He or she may recommend a follow-up appointment if necessary.
Commit To Quit
The Stamford Health lung screening program is closely linked to our Smoking Cessation Program, overseen by pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, and two certified tobacco-cessation specialists. We cannot emphasize enough that smoking cessation is the single most important intervention to lower the likelihood of developing lung cancer.
Please call 203-276-QUIT (7848) to schedule an appointment.