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Temple Healthy Chest Initiative

Early Diagnosis Leads to Better Treatment Options

The Temple Healthy Chest Initiative is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program that is designed to provide people in the Philadelphia region access to chest health screening, prevention and treatment options. Our goal is to help more people get screening for lung cancer and other conditions of the chest early, when treatment is most effective. The program can be accessed at all Temple University Hospital campuses and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Patients who are over 50 years old and have a history of smoking are screened using low-dose computed tomography (CT), which can detect lung nodules that may need lung cancer treatment, or other conditions that need to be addressed.

Addressing Overall Chest Health

While low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancer, it is more likely that they may reveal other conditions in your chest such as COPD, emphysema, heart disease, osteoporosis, sleep apnea, diabetes, and other cancers. Patients who are eligible for this screening are at a higher risk for these conditions. Getting screened is the first step for patients who want to be proactive about their health. When patients are diagnosed with chest conditions earlier, they are able to better benefit from treatment.

Personalized Support from Nurse Navigators

The Temple Healthy Chest Initiative offers highly personalized service with a dedicated nurse navigator who will prescreen patients for other health conditions that they may not have known about. No more waiting in person for results – after the scan, patients can return to the comfort of their home, and Temple Health’s nurse navigator will call them to explain the results and help to coordinate any follow up care that is needed. Nurse navigators also connect patients with Temple’s virtual and in-person support groups, smoking cessation programs, and other services.

To schedule an appointment for a lung cancer screening at one of our 5 convenient locations call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536). Temple Health has also expanded our lung cancer program to include more flexible hours.

Resources

Temple Healthy Chest Initiative getting a lung cancer screening

Getting a Lung Cancer Screening
This educational video provides an overview of the low-dose CT scanning process, the risks of a low-dose CT scan, and what the results mean after your visit.

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View the YouTube video to learn more about lung cancer screening at the Temple Lung Center.

Lung Cancer Screening Process and Eligibility
Watch this video to learn the importance of an early lung cancer screening, what Temple Health locations offer lung cancer screenings, and how we guide you throughout the process so you get the treatment you need.

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Watch George's story on how he's living cancer-free

George's Story - Lung Cancer Survivor
Watch George's story on how he's now living cancer-free after receiving a low-dose CT scan at the Temple Lung Center.

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Terry's Story - Importance of Early Screening
Temple Health's Dr. Criner talks to patient Terry Levins on NBC Sports Philadelpha about the importance of early screening, and Terry’s incredible journey from her lung cancer diagnosis, through her treatment process, and recovery.

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Should I Get Lung Cancer Screening?
Find out if you're eligible for a lung cancer screening. When cancer is caught in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated effectively. That's why lung cancer screening is so important.

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What Should I Know About Lung Cancer Screenings?
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the lung cancer screening process, who is eligible for the screening, finding out about your results and other important information you need to know.

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Lung Cancer Screening Brochure
Learn about how Temple's lung cancer screening program works, why it's important, and how to prevent lung disease and other chest conditions through the Temple Healthy Chest Initiative.

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Smoking Cessation Programs

Temple Health and Fox Chase Cancer Center offer virtual or in-person smoking cessation programs and support groups to help you quit smoking and improve your overall health. 

Talk with your healthcare team for a referral or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536). You can meet with a Temple Health Smoking Cessation Specialist in person or by telemedicine.

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Support for Quitting Smoking
Learn more about Temple Health's Smoking Cessation Program and how smoking affects other health problems.

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7 Steps to Quitting Smoking
Learn 7 steps that can help you begin and stay on the path to living a smoke-free life.

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