Lung Wellness Program

Lung Wellness - Virtua Program

Breathe Easier with Care and Support

Virtua’s Lung Wellness Program offers comprehensive services, care and support for patients with lung cancer and those at risk for developing it. The program provides the necessary support to help people improve the health of their lungs.

Services include:

High-risk lung cancer screening

In early stages, lung cancer doesn’t present with obvious symptoms. By screening high-risk groups of current and former smokers, lung cancer can be detected at an earlier and more treatable stage.

Integrative medicine: acupuncture

Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to quit smoking. It stimulates the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. This flow of natural chemicals promotes healing, improves well-being, relieves pain and helps curb the desire to smoke.

Pulmonary fitness

Pulmonary Fitness is an 8-week medically based fitness program designed for those with pulmonary or respiratory conditions. This program helps people maintain regular, consistent exercise with supervised programming by certified fitness professionals. The program includes:

  • Fitness assessments before and after starting the program
  • Individualized exercise plan
  • Two 60-minute group workout sessions
  • A summary report  of your progress
Nutrition and weight management programs

Virtua offers nutrition and weight management programs that can help you prevent or minimize weight gain when you quit smoking.

Learn more

For more information, call a Virtua Lung Nurse Navigator
at (856) 247-7370 and press #2.

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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