Lung Nodule Program at Community Regional Medical Center
Lung Cancer is the third most common cancer and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in California. About 12,600 Californian’s die of lung cancer each year, about 2,100 new cases are diagnosed annually. The survival rate for those with a late stage diagnosis is less than 2% over five years. But when detected early, the prognosis is much better.
The Lung Nodule Program was started in 2008 to expedite the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in our community. Before the Lung Nodule Program, it was like a traffic jam to get treatment – now the treatment is very organized and coordinated. Before the Lung Nodule Program, it took 87 days to see a cancer specialist, but now it takes 7 days! There has been a 100% increase in diagnosis of lung cancer at stages 1 and 2 – when it is more curable.