City of Hope Launches Leading-Edge Screenings and Programs to Counter Lung Cancer

Finding lung cancer at its earliest stage and having access to highly specialized cancer care experts gives Orange County patients their best shot for survival

Delivering on its promise to bring lifesaving cancer care to Orange County, City of Hope is launching early detection and prevention programs to fight lung cancer –the second most common cancer in Orange County and the number one cause of OC cancer deaths.

These services, provided by highly specialized cancer experts are intended to save lives and provide local residents much-needed resources for combatting this deadly disease.

To meet the community’s pressing need for state-of-the-art lung cancer testing, a new low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening program has been launched at City of Hope’s Newport Beach location.

The world-renowned cancer center is currently taking appointments for lung cancer screenings, with screening taking place at Newport Diagnostic Center.

“Orange County deserves its best shot against lung cancer,” says Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D., the Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology at City of Hope, and one of the world’s leading experts on lung cancer treatment. “That’s why we are introducing a screening program that detects lung cancers earlier and greatly enhances the odds of survival. And this is just the latest addition to our many breakthrough lung cancer research and treatment capabilities, including City of Hope’s pioneering use of targeted therapies and personalized medicine to determine the best treatment path for each patient.”

The test is quick and easy and finds lung cancer early. It uses low-dosage x-rays to produce images of the body from different points of view. The scan takes only seconds, and it doesn’t cause discomfort. The vast majority of lung cancers detected using LDCT can be cured.

Research shows that LDCT does a better job finding lung tumors and saves more lives than a routine chest x-ray. In fact, it is the only lung cancer screening recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF recommends LDCT for people age 50-80 who currently smoke or used to smoke.

“One of the challenges with lung cancer is that it often doesn’t produce symptoms until it is well advanced,” says Dan J. Raz, M.D., M.A.S., a lung cancer surgeon and co-director of the lung cancer program at City of Hope.

“However, we are highly encouraged because studies show that lung cancer detected by LDCT screening will be discovered at an early stage 64% to 85% of the time. It is cost-effective, causes no patient discomfort, and is highly reliable. These factors can make all the difference and lead to a much more positive prognosis for patients. That’s why we are raising awareness among both patients and primary care physicians about the efficacy and accessibility of this life-saving test.”

“Lung cancer screening saves lives. You want to find and fight lung cancer as early as possible, when it can be cured”

Dan Raz, M.D., M.A.S.

However, right now only around 15 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed early on, which means people are at risk of missing the opportunity to take their best shot against the disease.

“With breakthroughs being made continually in lung cancer research and treatment, patients have more reason for hope than ever,” Raz said. “Lung cancer is serious, but people need to know that early detection with LDCT and early intervention make lung cancer a curable disease.”

Every LDCT is read and interpreted by a highly specialized City of Hope physician who is available to consult with the patient and their primary care physician on the results. The screening can also help identify other treatable smoking-related diseases like emphysema and heart disease.
For those whose tests indicate cancer, there is immediate access to City of Hope’s world-renowned multispecialty team of lung cancer experts, along with outstanding compassionate care for patients and families.

In another move to help Orange Countians reverse lung cancer incidence, City of Hope offers an innovative virtual smoking cessation program. This social support program is open to people who smoke now or in the past and can be combined with City of Hope’s tobacco dependency program that includes medications to overcome withdrawal symptoms and behavioral strategies to break habits that trigger smoking. The emphasis is on getting better, not shaming or blaming those who have yet to rid cigarettes from their lives.

People who smoke or used to smoke should talk to their doctors about lung cancer screenings or contact City of Hope to get screened, Raz said.

“Lung cancer screening saves lives,” Raz said. “You want to find and fight lung cancer as early as possible, when it can be cured.”

You may qualify for a lung cancer screening if you are a high-risk current or former smoker. You may also qualify if you are outside the standard criteria or have additional risk factors.
LDCT is recommended for people who are 50-80 years of age who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 20 years and who currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.

This non-invasive lifesaving screening is now available. Please call 626-535-3983 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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