Thoracic Oncology Navigation
Thoracic Navigator Websites
Additional information about lung cancer is also available on the following websites:
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
People Living With Cancer
National Cancer Institute
American Thoracic Society
The thoracic navigator program was developed to assist patients with the many challenges that come with a lung cancer diagnosis. It is often difficult to understand the specific care and treatment options at a time when you may be feeling overwhelmed. Our thoracic oncology navigator is a registered nurse who can be a primary resource for lung cancer patients and the people who care for them.
The thoracic oncology navigator will help you and your family during diagnosis and treatment by:
- Helping you understand the nature of your specific diagnosis and treatment plans
- Making educational materials available to you and/or your caregivers
- Answering questions throughout the treatment journey
- Ensuring that your case has a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to your care
- Providing support and encouragement for the physical, spiritual and psychological needs during and after your illness
- Assisting in locating additional community information and resources
- Assisting in referrals for support, including home and/or hospice care
For help with any questions, concerns, or for more information, call Centra's Thoracic Oncology Navigator, Allison Maddy, at 434.200.3498.
New Screening for Early Detection of Lung Cancer
A screening program aimed at early detection of lung cancer in current or former heavy smokers is now offered through Central Virginia Imaging, part of Radiology Consultants of Lynchburg. The screening program uses a low-dose CT scan to detect modules in the lungs that might indicate cancer. The eligible candidates for screening include men and women, ages 55 to 74, with no prior history, signs or symptoms of lung cancer, and a 30 pack-year history of smoking. Pack year demographics are as follows: one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, or three packs a day for 10 years. People who have lived with longtime smokers and have experienced decades of second-hand exposure may be qualified, but are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Even if a patient meets these criteria, there are other factors that would render them ineligible for the screening study. These include being on home oxygen therapy for a chronic lung condition, spitting up blood, prior lung surgery (excluding biopsies), having a chest CT in the preceding 18 months, and a previous history of cancer, with the exception of skin cancer.
“If it’s a positive study, meaning we see a nodule or area of concern, the patient is notified and given an appointment for a follow-up routine CT scan to perform a diagnostic study,” said Dr. Richard Newton, M.D., a radiologist with Central Virginia Imaging.
One thing patients need to know from the start is that screening is an out-of-pocket expense. Screenings cost $225 each. Follow-up diagnostic studies and subsequent treatment if they prove necessary may be covered by insurance. Participation in the screening program does not require a doctor’s referral.
For more information about the screening for you, a friend, or family member, or to schedule an appointment, call Centra Virginia Imaging at 434.237.4091.