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Knowing your risk factors and getting a low dose lung screening is key to detecting lung cancer. At MetroHealth, we work to help our community quit smoking and detect lung cancer early.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 480,000 deaths per year, according to the American Lung Association. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages, causing more than 41,000 deaths each year.
Freedom From Smoking® classes provide the motivation, encouragement and support needed to stop smoking for good. These classes—available online and in-person—are free and open to all adults ages 18+.
If you are a current or former smoker over the age of 50, you may qualify for a low-dose lung cancer screening. This screening is covered by Medicare, most state Medicaid programs, and private insurance.
Screenings can detect lung cancer early, when it is more likely to be curable. The American Lung Association says if lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 63 percent.
Unfortunately, only 6% of the 8 million people at high-risk for lung cancer in the United States are screened. The statistics are starker for Black Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans, who are even less likely to be diagnosed early.
A computer then combines these images into a detailed picture of your lungs. The amount of radiation the test exposes you to is very low and very safe. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about the radiation exposure.
The screening takes less than 10 minutes.
Ask your primary care doctor about getting a screening. If you don’t have a doctor, call 216-778-5500.
Appointments are required. Call 216-778-3456 to schedule.
Arvind Suguness, MD talks about lung cancer screenings with Joe and Terry on WKYC Good Company.
At MetroHealth, our cancer team works together to provide the highest standard of care.
If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, our team will work together to discuss your particular case, how to move forward with treatment, and if any current trials make sense for you. This team approach means that you’ll benefit from years of expertise as we work towards your healthiest possible outcome.
MetroHealth delivers state-of-the-art lung cancer treatment. Lung cancer treatment often depends on what stage of lung cancer you’ve been diagnosed with. Stage 1 and 2 lung cancers may be treated with surgery to remove cancerous tissue and radiation to kill cancer cells. In stages 3 and 4, our team will include medical oncologists that will develop a personalized treatment plan that may include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted molecular agents based on the genetic profile of your cancer.
When you’re recovering from lung cancer, hope is essential. At MetroHealth, you’ll receive care from our oncology team that has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons for the highest possible level of training and expertise.
MetroHealth cares for you on every step of your journey:
MetroHealth provides a social worker to help patients navigate their lung cancer journey and connect with resources. Call 216-778-8204 to connect with a social worker.
MetroHealth partners with The Gathering Place to provide individual, group, and family support services, including nutrition and exercise programs, the Regina Brett Wig Salon, special programs, and legal or financial consultation.
At MetroHealth, every oncologist participates in research, bringing advances in cancer care directly to your bedside. We address health disparities by enrolling people from minority populations in clinical trials at more than 4 times the national average.
For more information about our studies, or to enroll in a study that might be right for you, contact our oncology team at 216-77-TREAT.
The MetroHealth Cancer Institute is accredited by The Commission on Cancer and The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Both accreditations are through the American College of Surgeons and reflect our team’s high level of expertise and quality care.