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.

Tools to quit and stay smoke free

Smoking cessation programs have been proven to help people “kick” the habit. Attend Virtua's three-session educational support group to get tools to help you quit smoking. Topics will include the addiction process, stress management, and developing a personal plan to quit smoking using the resources and support available to you. This is a FREE program run by a trained tobacco treatment specialist. Registration is required.

Virtua also offers individual smoking cessation counseling with a tobacco-cessation specialist. Sessions are provided at the Virtua Surgical Group office and are typically covered by insurance. To schedule individual sessions, call 856-355-7176.

Lung Nodule Program

The lung nodule program is aimed at optimizing care and ensuring follow up for patients who had an incidental nodule identified. A team of specialists works together with the patient’s primary care physician to provide prompt evaluation, diagnosis, and monitoring of pulmonary nodules. For more information, call 856-596-9057 ext. 19870.

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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