RWJBarnabas Health facilities sponsor various cancer specific screening
events throughout New Jersey, visit our
RWJBarnabas Health physicians can provide you with comprehensive screening
services including: genetic testing, radiology studies, pathology, exploratory
surgery, and blood tests.
Lung Cancer Screening
At the present time, only about 15 percent of patients diagnosed with lung
cancer will survive five years. However, when a cancer is diagnosed and
treated at its earliest stage (Stage IA), the survival rate may be as
much as 70 percent or more, especially for cancers under one centimeter
In August 2011, a large government-funded study, called the National Lung
Screening Trial, found that the use of three yearly CT scans in people
without cancer symptoms but at high risk for developing lung cancer reduced
the death rate from lung cancer by 20 percent compared to the use of x-ray
screening. People were considered high risk if they smoked the equivalent
of 30 pack-years of cigarettes for example (1 pack per day for 30 years
or 2 packs per day for 15 years), were between 55 and 74 years of age,
and were still smoking or had quit within 15 years of the first screening scan.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center are
now offering a CT Lung Cancer Screening Program for individuals at high
risk for developing lung cancer. Eligible participants will receive a
low-dose CT scan of the chest without the use of any medications or injections.
Radiation exposure from the low-dose CT scan is about equivalent to that
of a mammogram and the entire visit takes about one hour.
The Lung Cancer Screening Program monitors the latest research studies
and offers state-of-the-art options in lung cancer screening. If you or
someone you know is a current smoker or former smoker, or if you never
smoked but were exposed to secondhand smoke, you may be eligible for this
potentially life-saving program. The CT scan obtained for lung cancer
screening may also provide information about lung diseases such as Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or emphysema.
New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program
New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) offers
education and screening to low-income individuals who qualify. The NJCEED
Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services
for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers. Individuals are
eligible for these services if they are at or below 250% of the Federal
Poverty Level and are uninsured or under-insured.
Breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancers can be treated more effectively
when found early and help is available.
NJCEED provides the following services:
Screening* (breast, prostate, cervical, colorectal;
NJCEED follows American Cancer Society guidelines for screening)
- Case Management
- Facilitation into Treatment
For more information or to find out if you are eligible contact:
Community Medical Center