CHH Offers Lung Cancer Screening Options

Are you a current or former heavy smoker? Especially if you are 55 or older, talk to your doctor about scheduling a lung cancer screening through the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Early Detection Program’s new Lung Cancer Screening Service. 

The screening utilizes a fast, painless, low cost, low dose CT scan. Afterwards, a radiologist will determine if the findings were negative, indeterminate or suspicious. If the results are negative, it is recommended the screening by repeated annually for two years. If the results are indeterminate, the team of specialists will stay watchful and conduct further follow-up imaging. If your results are suspicious, you will undergo further testing and, if necessary, treatment. 

The test is now being offered for $99 for a limited time by CHH and Torrington Radiologists. 

For more information on screenings and classes, visit www.charlottehungerford.org or call (860) 496-9381. 

“It is our desire to help people who have smoked for many years identify early signs of cancer and other health issues and start on the path to quitting if they desire. The CHH lung cancer screening program provides important access to comprehensive programs and resources to help lead a healthier life.” says Program Director Leslie Handelman, R.N. 

To qualify for the lung cancer screening, you must be a current or former smoker having quit within the last 15 years, be between 55 to 79 years old, have a smoking history of at least one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years, do not have a medical history of lung cancer, and have a primary care physician. Insurance is recommended. 

Test results are reviewed by the Lung Cancer Navigation Team that includes radiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists and a nurse navigator. The participant’s primary care practitioner also receives a copy of the report. 

Screening means testing for cancer before there are any symptoms. Screening for some types of cancer has reduced deaths through early detection and intervention. Recent Studies show that long-term smokers who schedule at least three annual lung cancer screenings have a 20 percent lower risk of dying from cancer than those who have standard X-rays. 

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or stop smoking immediately. CHH offers a FREE smoking cessation program twice a year to help people learn how to stop smoking and start building a healthier lifestyle through education, relaxation techniques and methods of preventing weight gain. The program is a series of seven weekly consecutive classes that meet on Wednesdays. 

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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