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Thank you for trusting your care to the
physicians of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania.
Doctors Zlupko, Lucas, and Kanouff, along with their experienced and caring medical staff, are committed to their patients and will work to make sure every patient receives the best treatment available. Comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and documentation allow patients to completely understand their medical situation and the process we will use to keep you healthy.
The physicians at the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania, along with their staff, will work closely with primary care physicians, therapists, pharmaceuticals, and home health agencies, as well as with other service providers necessary to each patient’s overall care.
During your first visit, your respiratory health will be evaluated. The Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for testing. Treatment plans are reviewed at each visit and results of your evaluation will be communicated to your referring physician. Follow-up visits will include a review of your current medications, symptoms, and health concerns.
The physicians of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania are affiliated with Altoona Regional Health Systems, Tyrone Hospital, and the James E. VanZ and VA Medical Center.
Lung Cancer Early Detection Program
Current research indicates that yearly CT screening improves the chances of early cancer detection with a significant increase in survival. All studies show that the earlier the lung cancer is detected, the better chance of the cure and survival, due to early treatment.
Why CT Scanning
CT scanning is a procedure, which takes detailed cross-section x-ray images of the lungs. It is better in detecting small tumors than a standard x-ray, and gives a better view of the lungs using computers and two and three-dimensional images of the chest. It is better at finding small nodules in the lungs that standard x-rays often miss. There is a radiation exposure similar to that of a mammogram during CT exam.
The Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania is equipped with a CT scanner, which makes it very convenient for patients. “We can schedule a patient to have a CT scan, a pulmonary stress test and a visit with the doctor all in the same visit,” offers Practice Manager Sherri Stayer.
The CT scanner also is used as a management tool for high-risk patients and allows for early detection of lung cancer. “We have 92 of our patients in the early detection program,” comments Dr. Zlupko. “It is important to mention this is not a screening tool but a way to manage lung disease. We are trying to give them the opportunity to live a longer life.”
How Can I Participate?
You must meet certain requirements, which make you a high-risk for developing LungCancer. If you are 55 years or older, and have a total smoking pack-year history of 30 years or more, we would like you to consider this program. Please call the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania at 814-946-2845 to learn more about the Lung Cancer Early Detection Program.