2015-16 Cancer Network Annual Report

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Chris Willms, M.D, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery; Jon Ciambotti, M.D., Pathology, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

Clinical Screening

Find It Early

Screening is a key part of catching cancer in the early stages, but many people find the process confusing or they are fearful of the results. To encourage compliance with recommended screenings, Sentara Cancer Network physicians, primary care physicians and cancer educators work together in our communities.

Breast Cancer

Digital mammography offers imaging to increase rates of early detection due to changes in breast tissue. Mammography is considered an invaluable tool against breast cancer, one of the most deadly types of cancer in women. Our mobile mammogram van also makes it easy for women to schedule a convenient visit with the Sentara care team.

Colon & Rectal Cancer

Sentara physicians strongly believe in the effectiveness of colon and rectal cancer screenings. In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and women, and is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. A colonoscopy or a FIT Test is recommended for everyone over age 50. People with a first-degree relative who has had colon cancer and African Americans over the age of 45 are also encouraged to be screened with a colonoscopy.

Lung Cancer

A landmark national study of longtime, heavy smokers over 55, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, indicated that screening with low-dose CT scans can help find these cancers early, leading to a higher cure rate. The brief screening is a low-dose CT scan (computed tomography) which covers the entire chest and provides a more detailed look than a standard chest X-ray. Primary care physicians and Sentara Cancer Network specialists have collaborated to create a screening protocol for patients over 55 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or more.