Lung & Pulmonary Services Close to Home

Marcum & Wallace Hospital provides management of patient care involving respiratory system diseases, including treatment and intervention, and diagnostic testing. Our respiratory therapy department specializes in treating respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD, as well as the acute breathing problems associated with traumatic injury, heart attack or stroke.

Our respiratory therapists ensure that our patients can breathe easy. They are state and nationally certified experts who coordinate with every department of the hospital for both inpatient stays and outpatient therapy.

Lung Function Tests

If you have a breathing problem, your doctor might suggest a lung function test (pulmonary function test) to see how well your lungs are working. This can show:

•how much air your lungs can take in

•how much air you can blow out — and how fast

• how well your lungs deliver oxygen to your blood

• how strong your breathing muscles are


Lung cancer screening

Yearly lung cancer screenings are recommended for individuals between the ages of 55-79 years old who have smoked a pack a day (or more) for 30 years and either continue to smoke, or have quit in the past 15 years.

How effective is a lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scan?

A study was recently conducted by the National Cancer Institute. The initial results of this eight-year National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) proved that low-dose CT Scans can help save the lives of people at high risk for lung cancer.

•The trial included more than 53,000 current and former heavy smokers age 55-74

•It compared the effects of low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray on lung cancer mortality

• The trial found 20% fewer lung cancer deaths among participants screened with low-dose CT. Low-dose CT-based lung cancer screening can be a key component in the early detection process, and with early detection, 85% of cancers can be found in the earliest, most curable stages.

Marcum & Wallace Hospital is now a designated CT Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and participating in the Lung Cancer Screening Registry. For additional information about a CT Lung Cancer Screening, contact Sharon Whitaker, Radiology Director, 606-726-2178.