Early Lung Cancer Detection Programs
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality in this country, killing more than 161,000 people per year. Each year, lung cancer takes the lives of more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. In an effort to beat the odds, the MemorialCare Cancer Institute offers a Lung Cancer Screening Programs at our medical centers designed to diagnose lung cancer earlier.
Low-dose CT has to potential to detect 85 percent more cases of lung cancer at stage one or two. Currently, more than 60 of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at stage three or four. Earlier detection means more treatment options and increased life expectancy.
Physicians and scientists continue to research and develop new detection methods for lung cancer and other lung diseases, which have resulted in advanced technology such as the electromagnetic navigation bronchoscope (ENB)™. ENB is a GPS-like technology that offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, biopsy and prepare to treat a lesion (spot) detected deep in the lung available to patients at Long Beach Memorial.