SOMC announces “Lung Navigator” program

For lung cancer patients, early detection can make a world of difference – and achieving it can be as easy as calling 740-356-LUNG.

Calling 740-356-LUNG will put patients in touch with the “lung navigator” at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The lung navigator can help qualifying patients receive lung cancer screenings, which are covered by commercial insurance plans.

“Lung cancer screenings can save lives,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said. “It’s our job to make sure they’re available to the people who need them. The SOMC lung navigator does just that.”

In order to qualify for a lung screening, a patient must meet certain criteria. These include:

· Being 55-77 years of age;

· Having a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (One pack-year means you smoke one pack a day for one year);

· Being a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last fifteen years;

· Having no diagnostic CT Thorax Scan in the past 18 months;

· Having no history of lung cancer;

· Having no signs or symptoms of lung cancer

“There’s nothing easy about receiving a cancer diagnosis, but we are here to help you through it,” Waugh said.

For more information, or to find out if you qualify for a screening, contact the SOMC Lung Navigator at 740-356-LUNG (5864).