Smoking significantly increases a person's chance of developing lung cancer, but people who have never smoked are also at risk for the disease.
Because early detection of lung cancer increases the chances of successful treatment, we encourage people who have smoked for a number of years to find out whether or not they have early stage lung cancer, which may have no discernible symptoms.
At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, a team of dedicated cancer experts diagnose and treat lung cancer. If you are at special risk for lung cancer, our team will guide you through the screening process. In the event of an abnormal test, you will be provided with the medically necessary, state-of-art services offered by our team.
To arrange a screening evaluation, please call 718-780-LUNG (718-780-5864).
Who Should Be Screened?
The best way to prevent lung cancer caused by tobacco use is never to start smoking or to quit smoking. Low-dose CT screening is recommended for those people who meet the following criteria:
- Current or former smokers aged 55 to 80 years.
- A smoking history of at least 30 pack-years.
- No history of lung cancer.
- If you quit, you have quit smoking in the past 15 years.
Treatment for Lung Cancer
As lung cancer is generally diagnosed in older individuals, there is an increased need for techniques that are well-tolerated by older patients. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers patients a full range of procedures including minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques that offer a high degree of accuracy while reducing patient discomfort.
The treatment options offered at NYP Brooklyn Methodist include surgery (both robotic and traditional) and radiation treatment. Patients who are not eligible for surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy can receive specialized treatments using interventional pulmonology, which involves minimally invasive techniques and can be applied to a variety of situations.