Nurse practitioners can assess, diagnose, prescribe and treat a patient similar to a physician.
Lung Cancer Stories
After 50 years of smoking, a 5-second scan saved Karen’s life. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 158,000 Americans will die from lung cancer in 2016. Karen Farquhar is not one of them.
Anita had a cough that even antibiotics couldn’t kill. As time went on, she began experiencing shortness of breath during daily activities.
California State University, Long Beach library assistant Sharlene had a strong family history of smoking. Her family also had a strong history of lung cancer.
Low-dose CT lung screening saves tens of thousands of lives each year. As a Screening Center of Excellence, Orange Coast Memorial continues its commitment to helping more patients beat this deadly disease.
Lung cancer accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths – not because it’s the most prevalent cancer, but because it has historically been so difficult to detect in its earliest, most-treatable stages. Two-dimensional chest X-rays aren’t sensitive enough to detect tiny nodules and traditional Computerized Topography (CT) exposes patients to higher levels of radiation.