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Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence

More people die from lung cancer than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. While the incidence of the disease is less common than malignancies of the breast and prostate, lung cancer is substantially more lethal. However, if detected early there is an 80 percent long-term survival rate.

The physicians and surgeons of the Lung Cancer Center at Virginia Hospital Center recognize the importance of communication and are readily available to one another to expedite patient care with efficiency often speaking with patients within 24 hours of initial contact to the center's coordinator. Under the leadership of the center's medical director, David R. Duhamel, MD, the hallmark of the Lung Cancer Center is patient focused and patient friendly. Using the collaborative experience of interdisciplinary specialists all conveniently located on the Virginia Hospital Center campus, the Center is able to carefully create a patient care plan from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, achieving the best possible outcomes for their patients. To alleviate the stress and anxiety caused by scheduling and new diagnosis the center offers a coordinator to support patients through each part of the process. The program is designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Specially Trained & Highly Experienced Physicians

Recognizing that lung cancer often demands more complex treatments and greater care than other forms of cancer, the Lung Cancer Center at Virginia Hospital Center offers a comprehensive program that consists of a multidisciplinary team approach with specially trained and highly experienced physicians and surgeons that include:

State-of-the-art Diagnostic & Imaging Techniques

The Lung Cancer Center at Virginia Hospital Center is the only facility in the northern Virginia, DC Metropolitan area to offer a unified resource of state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging techniques for detection which include:

  • Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
    “A low-dose CT scan is much more sensitive for identifying early-stage cancer than a chest X-ray. The amazing clarity and detail we can see from the VEO™ CT scanner at Virginia Hospital Center allows us to detect lung cancer at the earliest, most treatable stage — with minimal radiation exposure to the patient.” — David Duhamel, MD, Medical Director of Virginia Hospital Center’s Lung Cancer Program.
  • Needle or Surgical Biopsies
    Our state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite includes the new superDimension™ Navigation System (Super D), which allows the pulmonologist to perform a minimally-invasive tissue biopsy in difficult-to-reach areas of the lung.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
    “When suspicious spots are found through CT scans, we have advanced technology to examine them in a low-risk way. A PET scan can help determine whether the spot has characteristics consistent with cancer and warrants further investigation. ” - Dr. Duhamel.
  • MRI
  • EUBS Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Treatment Options

Once a patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, the Lung Cancer Center provides a full spectrum of treatment options to eradicate or manage the disease that includes:

Are You at High Risk of Lung Cancer?

Be proactive and talk to your doctor about having a low-dose CT scan. It’s painless, takes less than 10 minutes and the results are available to your doctor within 24 to 48 hours. Medicare coverage is now available for eligible beneficiaries or patients. Check with your insurer about your individual coverage.

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USPSTF Recommends

For adults ages 55 to 77 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years and currently smoke or have quit in the past 15 years, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan.

Avoid Lung Cancer

“Low-dose CT screening has been proven to reduce lung cancer mortality by 20%. However, screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking,” says Robert Christie, MD, a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer.

The best way to avoid lung cancer is to not smoke — and those who do smoke can reduce their risk by quitting.

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