Diagnosing Lung Cancer
Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
Our highly experienced team has the experts needed to diagnose and treat lung cancer.
Because lung cancer frequently starts as a nodule, or small mass in the lungs, we have a specialized lung nodule program to assess nodules and detect lung cancer early. This team includes pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and radiologists.
We also provide consultations, or second opinions, for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.
Diagnostic Testing for Lung Cancer
Our patients are evaluated with the most up-to-date lung cancer tests. We use endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and navigational bronchoscopy for a less-invasive method to sample lung tissue.
Other tests may include: CT (Low-dose CT screening), MRI and PET scans, pleural fluid analysis, bone scan, liver function test and biopsy.
Lung Nodule Management Program
Lung cancer often begins in lung nodules, yet most nodules are non-cancerous. The experts in our Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program provide rapid evaluation, treatment and follow-up when lung nodules are detected. This close management helps detect and diagnose lung cancer early, when a cure is more likely.
The program’s multidisciplinary team of specialists coordinates care. For information, call 215-481-LUNG.
Lung Cancer Screening Program
Current or former heavy smokers are at high risk for lung cancer. Low-dose CT screening can reduce mortality among those at high risk who develop the disease. Our team recommends CT scans for people who are: current or former smokers (quit within past 15 years); smoked at least one pack daily for 30 years or two packs daily for 15 years; are age 55 to 74; have no lung cancer history. To be screened, you will need a script from your primary care physician. Most insurance companies are paying for the test. Please call 215-481-EXAM to schedule your CT scan.