Lung Cancer Screening Program Has Now Expanded to the Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury

Inspira Health Network's lung cancer screening program will now be at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury.  This life-saving program provides Woodbury with access to screen for early lung cancer detection, which has proven to increase the chance for recovery.
“Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women and 85% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking,” said Sandra Murray, R.N., O.C.N., C.T.T.S., thoracic, head and neck oncology nurse navigator at Inspira. "We are pleased to now be able to offer our community this life saving screening at two locations.”
Those eligible for screening must be:

  • Between the ages of 55 and 74 and are a current or former smoker with at least a 30 pack year smoking history (a “pack year” is the number of packs smoked daily multiplied by the number of years smoking)

  • Former smokers must have quit within the last 15 years

  • No history of any form of cancer within the last five years

“Screening for lung cancer means testing before there are any symptoms,” said Maureen Sacchetti, director of Radiology at Inspira Woodbury. “Often, when a person finally develops symptoms of lung cancer they are typically at an advanced stage. By offering this low-dose CT scan, there is a much better chance that patients can be cured with appropriate treatment and survive the disease.”
Patients who do not fall into the criteria will not be eligible for the program. But for anyone who has questions about lung cancer or would like help with quitting smoking, Inspira’s thoracic, head and neck oncology nurse navigator is available to provide help and resources.
Community members who are interested in the lung cancer screening are encouraged to contact Sandra Murray at (856) 641-8670.