Lung Care Center
We help you breathe easier.
The Lung Care Center at Methodist Hospitals has one overriding goal: to provide the best possible treatment and outcome for you. We do this by combining advanced diagnostic technologies and treatment options with comprehensive rehabilitative services and supportive care to heal your body and nourish your spirit.
Our Multi-Disciplinary Team
The Lung Care Center brings together the experience and expertise of skilled physicians, including pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and pathologists, who work with each patient’s primary care physician to diagnose, plan and execute the appropriate treatment based on National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. Our Lung Care Nurse Navigator, a specialist in pulmonary care, guides patients through the treatment process.
Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
Methodist Hospitals offers screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) for those at high risk for lung cancer, based on NCI study criteria. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that low-dose screening helped reduce mortality by 20% for those at high risk of developing lung cancer. Those at high risk include:
- Current 30+ pack year* smokers, age 55-74.
- Former 30+ pack year* smokers, age 55-74 who quit within the last 15 years.
- Adults age 50 or older who are 20+ pack year* smokers with COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, Radon exposure, occupational exposures, a personal history of cancer or a family history of lung cancer.
Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screenings are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance plans with a physician order.
* Pack Years equal number of packs per day, times number of years smoked.
Advanced Technologies Deliver Improved Diagnoses
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) is the latest technology, a minimally
invasive procedure that enables your physician to evaluate your lungs and navigate through small airway passages to reach lung nodules for diagnosis and treatment.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) offers a precise, minimally-invasive way of assessing a patient’s lymph nodes to determine if lung cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Lung cancer is typically diagnosed after it has already spread, and long-term prognosis for patients is often poor. But with EBUS and its ability to accurately show the cancer stage, patients with early-stage lung cancer may avoid more extensive surgery, and require shorter hospital stays and less pain medication.
When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. Methodist Hospitals Pulmonary Rehabilitation seeks to improve the quality of life and decrease suffering for those with lung disorders through education, exercise and disease management. For more information, call 219-738-1075.
The Lung Care Center at Methodist Hospitals
Southlake Campus: Pavilion B, 200 East 89th Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 • 219-757-7212