Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death but early detection is key to helping patients live longer, healthier lives. CT screenings have proven to reduce lung cancer deaths by up to 20%. Click the videos below to learn more about lung cancer screenings from Dr. Jeremiah Martin, SOMC Cardiothoracic surgeon.
Screenings are available to patients who meet the following criteria:
- Age 50 – 77
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 packs per year
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- No history of lung cancer
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer (unexplained weight loss, coughing up blood)
Ask your provider or call SOMC Lung Health Navigator Jenny Woodyard at 740-356-LUNG (5864), or ext. 5864 for more information.
Make sure your All Clear by taking a short lung health assessment.
Lung cancer starts when cells in the lungs are damaged and grow out of control. These cells grow even though your body doesn’t need them. These cells are called cancer cells. Cancer cells grow at a different rate than normal cells.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in our community and in the United States—but early detection is key to helping patients live longer, healthier lives.
Lung Multidisciplinary Care
SOMC approaches lung health and lung cancer with a multidisciplinary approach. We understand that an effective lung health program begins with the community and community providers and extends across the health care continuum.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Now at SOMC, our surgeons are using Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) technology to perform lung cancer surgeries. The result? Less pain, shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries and better outcomes for our patients.
Take a look at SOMC’s expert team of Lung Care Providers.
SOMC offers free smoking cessation classes for those that are interested in learning how to quit smoking. The six-week course, which is offered a variety of times throughout the year, is free to participants and all materials are included.
Zephyr Valve for COPD/Emphysema
The Zephyr Valve Treatment is a minimally invasive treatment for people with severe COPD/emphysema. The Zephyr Valves are an implant designed to fit in the airways of the lungs.