Specialties

  • Comprehensive Lung Care

  • We’re here to help you breathe more into life.

    Healthy Lung Screening Program

    As part of Centura Health, St. Anthony Hospital participates in the national Healthy Lung Screening Program. The National Cancer Institute found that patients at high risk for developing lung cancer who had a low-dose CT screening of the chest reduced their mortality by 20%. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

    Are you considered “high risk” for lung cancer?
    Program guidelines say “yes” if you:

    • Are 55 to 74 years of age and have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or more (called a 30-year pack history)
    • Are currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago
    • Are 50-years of age or older, have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years or more (called a 20-year pack history), and have other risk factors

    Other risk factors include:

    • Some limited smoking history under a 20-year pack history;
    • Radon exposure, occupational exposure to silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes and nickel;
    • A family history of lung cancer; Second-hand smoke exposure, and
    • A personal lung disease history, including COPD or pulmonary fibrosis

    How does the program work? 

    To participate in the program, you cannot have any current symptoms or signs of lung cancer.

    If you are found to be "at risk," you will be mailed further information about the program. If you are classified as "at risk" for developing lung cancer and consent to participate in the program, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your lung health history. Additionally, participants will receive a low-dose CT scan of their lungs annually for three consecutive years. These scans can be completed at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

    What does it cost? 
    The cost of each scan is $199. 

    What’s next? 
    This program uses the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines to manage recommendations for follow-up care. 

    • A multidisciplinary panel of experts will review the test results.  If there are any findings, the medical team will make recommendations; including a referral to the appropriate lung care specialist.
Many screening scans detect benign (non-cancerous) nodules that require further evaluation.  Sometimes this evaluation may require more frequent low-dose CT scans. Sometimes a different test may be  needed. The goal of the multidisciplinary team is to ensure that individuals receive appropriate care, but do not undergo needless testing and procedures.
    • Your Primary Care physician will be contacted. Your results will be communicated to your Primary Care provider to ensure appropriate follow-up.

    What else can you do?
    If you are still smoking, talk with our certified smoking cessation counselors about quitting or contact Colorado Quit Line.

     

  • St. Anthony Hospital’s lung care encompasses:

    • Smoking cessation
    • Pulmonary physiologic evaluation
    • Hospital-based lung cancer screening
    • Multidisciplinary diagnostic services
    • State-of-the-art treatment options
    • Pulmonary rehabilitation
    • Interventional pulmonology
    • State-of-the-art surgical, oncological and radiotherapies

    Advanced Teamwork & Technology

  • Pulmonologists, surgeons, oncologists and other specialists work as a team to assess patient files sent by referring physicians to determine the best course of care. This innovative approach provides patients and their primary physicians more rapid answers in the most cost-effective manner.  

    Lisa Twining, RN, BSN
    Lung/Thoracic Nurse Navigator
    St. Anthony Hospital

    Lisa Twining, RN, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Denver School of Nursing. As St. Anthony Hospital’s Lung and Thoracic Nurse Navigator, she specializes in the care, education and support of patients and their families as they deal with lung disease. Her individualized service helps coordinate the efforts of the entire care team, including medical, nursing, social work, palliative care and community resources. Lisa shares, “I am dedicated to providing the personal support that will make a difference in each person’s health journey.”

    St. Anthony Hospital is home to some of the most advanced technology available for diagnosing and treating lung disease. Examples include:

    • Endobronchial ultrasound(EBUS). This minimally invasive procedure is used in the diagnosis of lung cancer, infections and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.
    • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB). This advanced technology extends the reach of the conventional bronchoscope for minimally invasive access to lesions deep in the lungs, as well as mediastinal lymph nodes.
    • superDimension iLogic technology. Also known as electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy or ENB, “super D” gives specialists a minimally invasive way to move beyond the reaches of the traditional bronchoscope to reach boundaries of the lungs. This makes it possible to locate lesions, perform biopsies and plan treatment using natural airway access. Moreover, it can be combined with EBUS to provide safe and efficient access to stage and prepare to treat lung lesions in non-operable patients.
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