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Lung Cancer Screenings Are Now at UMCP

Apr 18, 2014
Current and former smokers at a high risk for lung cancer can receive reduced-cost screening exams through a new collaborative effort between University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) and Princeton Radiology.

Learn more about the screening program,
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Call 609.497.4040
 to schedule a screening

The new screening program uses computed tomography (CT) scans in an attempt to detect lung cancer at an early stage, when treatment can be more effective. The scans are available at UMCP and Princeton Radiology locations in Princeton, Monroe Township and Mercerville.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States,” says John A. Heim, MD, a board certified thoracic surgeon and Chairman of the PHCS Department of Surgery. “This is due in part to the fact that lung cancer generally is not diagnosed until its advanced stages.”

Now, research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that spiral CT scans using low-dose radiation can reduce a smoker’s risk of death by as much as 20 percent because it can detect cancer in its early stages.

Edward Soffen, MD, a board certified radiation oncologist affiliated? with both UMCP and Princeton Radiology, says offering the test at a reduced cost should encourage more high-risk patients to be screened.

“This program will save lives,” says Dr. Soffen. “If lung cancer can be detected early, it can often be successfully treated.”

Based on recommendations from the American Lung Association, the program is open to current and former smokers, age 55 to 74, who do not have a history of cancer but have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years—that is, one pack a day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, and so on.

A physician’s order is required for the scan, ensuring that the results and any necessary follow-up care are discussed with the patient’s physician and, if appropriate, a specialist who treats pulmonary nodules.

Those who do not have a primary care physician and need help acquiring an order should call our nurse navigator at the Edward and Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care at UMCP at 609.853.6790.

Insurance companies typically will not cover the procedure, so patients must pay the full cost. In light of this, UMCP and Princeton Radiology will provide CT scans to high-risk patients for $99 - about one-third of the usual cost.

The low-dose spiral CT scans are being provided at:
University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
Medical Arts Pavilion Outpatient Imaging Center

1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro
Princeton Radiology Associates
419 N. Harrison Street, Princeton

9 Centre Drive, Monroe

Princeton Radiology at Quakerbridge
8 Quakerbridge Plaza Drive, Mercerville
To schedule an appointment for a screening, please call 609.497.4040.