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Leading the Fight Against Lung Cancer

March 15, 2018

This quiz could save your lungs – and your life. Answer these four quick questions: 

  1. Do you smoke?
  2. Are you a former smoker?
  3. Have you been exposed to secondhand smoke?
  4. Do you know someone who would answer “yes” to the questions above? 

If you answered “yes” even one time, lung specialists at Atlantic Health System have news that could improve your health or the health of someone you know. 

“Our biggest success in treating lung cancer is when we find it early, so we’ve put screening programs in place to accomplish that,” says Mark Widmann, MD, director of the lung cancer program for Carol G. Simon Cancer Centers at both Morristown and Overlook medical centers. “For decades, we’ve been at the forefront of efforts like this, and we offer some of the most advanced screenings and treatments available anywhere.”

For example, as part of a research trial, Atlantic Health System offers people exposed to secondhand smoke the unusual option to get a screening.

Demonstrating Quality

For any screening and treatment, the experience of the staff is important, Dr. Widmann says. Lung cancer specialists at Atlantic Health System have earned high marks in several national rankings.

“Choose a program that can demonstrate its focus on quality,” he says. “Lung cancer specialists at Morristown see more patients than any other program in the state, and we have among the highest quality scores as well.” 

Got 10 Minutes?

Because lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in the U.S., screenings to find it early could help thousands of people. However, only two out of 10 people with lung cancer find it early, when it is most easily treated.

Specialists at Atlantic Health System offer two screenings to address this issue. Both involve a low-dose CT scan that takes less than 10 minutes.

For smokers and former smokers, the lung cancer screening program at Atlantic Health System focuses on people between the ages of 55 and 77 who do not have lung cancer. See if you qualify for this service: call 1-855-862-2778.

For people who have been exposed to secondhand smoke, Atlantic Health System is part of a clinical trial to determine the most effective way to catch lung cancer early.

Ask about the “FAMRI trial” at Morristown Medical Center: 973-971-5235. At Overlook Medical Center, call 908-522-6104.