Lung Cancer

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Breathe Better with Advanced Treatments

While smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer in the U.S., even non-smokers can develop this disease. In fact, lung cancer is the leading killer of adults in the United States. It begins when cells in the lungs grow abnormally and form a lump, also called a tumor, mass, lesion or nodule. A lump can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The two major types of lung cancer are:

Non-small cell
Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type. It arises from epithelial (skin) cells that line the airways and produce mucus. Non-small cell lung cancer spreads to different parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer.

Small cell
Small cell lung cancer (or oat cell cancer) begins in the nerve cells or hormone-producing cells of the lung. It accounts for about 20% of all lung cancer.

The Penn Medicine | Virtua Cancer Program offers a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options and personalized support services for those with lung cancer. You’ll receive an individualized treatment plan based on the stage of the lung cancer as well as your age and other health factors.

We offer the latest treatment options including:

  • Integrated treatment with chemotherapy and surgery
  • Targeted radiation systems including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for more precise treatment
  • Minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgeries including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for faster recovery

For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).

Lung Cancer Screening

A large, eight-year National Cancer Institute research study has shown that by screening certain groups of current and former smokers with a low dose CT scan, tumors can be detected early and reduce lung cancer mortality by 20 percent.

Since, in its earlier stages, lung cancer does not present with telltale symptoms, this program is designed to detect lung cancer at an earlier stage. Until now, most individuals with lung cancer have been diagnosed with late-stage disease. Earlier detection will provide an opportunity for more effective treatment.

Low-dose CT imaging is a non-invasive technology. Unlike an x-ray, it provides a more detailed view of the lungs, and the ability to detect disease at an earlier stage.

Who should consider screening?
Those who qualify for lung cancer screening fit into one of two categories:

  • Individuals 55-77 years of age current or former smokers with a 30 pack year 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 past 15 years.
  • Individuals 50 years and older with a 20 pack year history and one additional risk factor. Additional risk factors include certain occupational exposures, cancer history and a disease history of pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis. Your physician will help you determine your risk factors.

If you have Medicare or commercial insurance, this screening may be covered. Call your carrier to verify. Virtua offers reduced rates for those without coverage. The test requires an order from a physician, which may be provided by a primary care or lung specialist.

Learn more about lung cancer screening
If you have questions about the program, call (856) 247-7370 and press #2. One of our lung nurse navigators will answer questions, assist you with a referral to a primary care physician and help you throughout the process.

For information about smoking cessation, please call 1-866-657-8677.

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Contact Virtua

A Personal Health Navigator can help you find a doctor, schedule appointments or classes, and help you find a service or location.

888-VIRTUA-3888-VIRTUA-3 Live Chat



Virtua Primary Care - Washington Township

Penn Medicine | Virtua Cancer Program - Washington Township

239 Hurffville - Cross Keys Road
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: 856-341-8400
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Penn Medicine | Virtua Cancer Program - Voorhees

200 Bowman Drive
Voorhees, NJ 08043

Phone: 856-247-7370
Virtua Samson Cancer Center - Moorestown

Virtua Samson Cancer Center - Moorestown

350 Young Avenue (in the Moorestown Commons Shopping Center)
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Phone: 856-247-7370

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