Lung nodule screening program
Finding lung cancer at an early stage can make all the difference in the world for a patient’s outlook. At Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, a lung nodule screening is performed for patients who receive a CT scan for any reason. This screening process can help find lung cancer at an early stage, making it easier for oncologists to treat.
How does the lung nodule screening program work?
When patients undergo scheduled or incidental CT scans for any reason at any facility across the Wesley family of campuses and a lung nodule or suspicious finding is revealed, the cases are referred to the oncology nurse navigator. The nurse navigator will contact the patient’s primary care physician to discuss the finding and follow up at a later date.
The nurse navigator can also assist with tracking the patient’s subsequent care and help coordinate care per the direction of the primary care physician.
What is a lung nodule?
Simply put, a nodule is a spot on the lung that can be seen on an X-ray or a CT scan. This overgrowth of tissue is either a benign tumor or an early stage of lung cancer. Many nodules cause no symptoms at all, which is why many are found accidentally on CT scans or X-rays. Some nodules may cause the following symptoms.
- Chronic coughing
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
How is the follow-up care plan managed?
Care plans are directed by the patient’s physician or oncologist, and the Wesley oncology nurse navigator helps facilitate the plan. The oncology nurse navigator will notify the patient’s physician of all findings and follow-ups, facilitate any needed orders and document all communications.
Can patients with a known lung nodule engage in the program?
Physicians can refer a patient with a known lung nodule to the oncology nurse navigator to assist with scheduling, follow-ups and documentation.
To refer a patient or for more information, call a nurse navigator at (316) 962-LUNG (5864).