The new Lung Nodule Center at Kennedy provides continuation of care for high-risk patients who have been diagnosed with a lung nodule. Lung nodules are defined as abnormal spots or lesions on a lung scan. High-risk patients include individuals age 55-77 who have a tobacco-smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (meaning they smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, or about two packs per day for 15 years); as well as those who are either currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago.
Lung Nodule Team
Kennedy’s multidisciplinary team consists of:
• Thoracic Surgeons
• Nurse Navigators
• Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists
• Certified Medical Assistants.
Kennedy’s Lung Nodule team provides state-of-the-art medical care for lung nodules. Kennedy’s team of experts will diagnose the severity of nodules through a unique approach involving detailed evaluation and discussion of imaging results and patient health history.
Benefits of Lung Nodule Center
Benefits of Kennedy’s new Lung Nodule Center include:
• Specialized nurse navigators to expedite the process, alleviate barriers, schedule appointments and monitor follow-up care
• High-tech nodule evaluation
• Physician experts, who closely monitor nodules
• A comprehensive approach to nodule treatment and care
• Identification of lung cancer in its earliest stages
• Access to smoking cessation counseling with a certified tobacco treatment specialist.
By providing patients with personalized and compassionate care, Kennedy’s advanced approach allows all services to be provided in a single visit. Patients considered to be at high-risk for lung cancer should talk to their primary care physician about referral to the Lung Nodule Center. The Kennedy Cancer Center is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center through the American College of Radiology (ACR) and a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.
For more information about the Lung Nodule Center, call (856) 218-5324.