We treat lung cancer in the Hudson Valley using advanced, minimally invasive procedures.

In fact, Health Quest is the only healthcare provider between Albany and Westchester County to treat a wide range of thoracic conditions. And we specialize in prevention, detection and treatment with the most comprehensive lung cancer screening program in the Hudson Valley.

Thoracic oncology includes pathologic conditions of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, tumors of the mediastinum (lymph nodes), and diseases of the diaphragm and pericardium (membrane covering the heart). Breathing (airway) problems and chest injuries also fall within this specialty.

Minimally invasive services include da Vinci® Robotic Surgery and video-assisted surgeries to remove cysts and tumors and endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Plus, we are actively involved in clinical research to help advance early detection screening and innovative treatments, particularly for lung cancer.

Meet the Doctor

Cliff Connery
Surgical Oncology
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Lung Cancer Screening

A CT (computerized tomography) scan of the chest, also known as a lung CT, is an important way to screen for early signs of lung cancer. Early detection means more treatment options.

CT screening of the lungs is painless and quick. It can take as little as 10 seconds. It’s also very effective — much more effective than a traditional chest X-ray. CT can detect lung cancer long before there are symptoms, giving you and your doctors the best chance of beating it.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual Lung CT Screening for adults ages 55 to 80 years of age who have a significant history of smoking*. Even if you quit smoking as much as 15 years ago, the USPSTF recommends that you make screening for lung cancer part of your annual physical.

You may also be a candidate for screening if you have been exposed to second-hand smoke. And, people with a family history of lung cancer that is not related to smoking should also consider screening.

If this describes you or someone you love, talk to your doctor. This test is recommended by numerous authorities, including the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Lung Association (ALA), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO).

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is a Designated Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.

Call us to see if you qualify for a Lung CT screening at (845) 483-6920 or toll-free at (844) 224-LUNG.

Medicare and Lung CT Screening

Medicare now covers lung cancer screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography once per year for beneficiaries who meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are age 55 to 77 and are either current smokers or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
  • They have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack a day for 30 years).
  • They receive a written order from a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner that meets certain requirements.

Medicare coverage includes a visit for counseling and shared decision-making on the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening.

Cancer Care Clinical Trials

If you are an interested patient, researcher or sponsor, please feel free to call us at (845) 483-6825. 

Our cancer care specialists in medical, radiation and surgical oncology bring an optimal level of clinical knowledge and skill to patients in the mid-Hudson valley. This attracts innovation to our area through industry sponsored, federally supported and investigator-initiated clinical trials. Health Quest offers programs and modalities which harness the power of genetic technology to create a personalized approach to cancer therapeutics, yielding the utmost potential for influencing disease progression and quality of life in the face of the most challenging illnesses of our generation.

View a list of our lung cancer clinical trials.

Types of Diseases Treated

From diagnosis to follow-up care, we provide comprehensive services, collaborating with colleagues across departments to develop customized care based on each patient’s situation.

Some of the many diseases we treat are:

  • Lung cancer, which forms in lung tissues, usually in the cells lining air passages
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis, also known as Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pleural effusions, in which fluid collects between the thin layers of tissue (pleura) lining the lung and the wall of the chest cavity
  • Esophageal cancer, which forms in tissues lining the esophagus (the tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach)
  • Mediastinal tumors and cysts, or enlarged lymph nodes, which occur in the center of the chest
  • Thymomas, which are tumors in the thymus, located in the chest, behind the breastbone
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG), a complex autoimmune disorder, which results in muscle weakness and fatigue

Diagnostics

We use many advanced procedures, most of which are minimally invasive, to diagnose thoracic and lung conditions, including:

  • Thoracoscopy: A procedure in which a small cut is made in the side of the chest wall through which a small tube with a video camera on the end is inserted. This allows the doctor to look at the outer part of the lungs and chest wall and to sample any abnormal areas for viewing under a microscope.
  • Mediastinoscopy: A process in which a small cut is made in the neck so that a tissue sample can be taken from the lymph nodes (mediastinal nodes) along the windpipe and the major bronchial tube areas to evaluate under a microscope.
  • Bronchoscopy: The examination of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs) using a flexible tube (bronchoscope) passed down the mouth or nose. This allows the doctor to evaluate and diagnose lung problems, assess blockages, obtain samples of tissue and/or fluid, and/or to help remove a foreign body.
  • Navigational bronchoscopy: A procedure where the doctor uses a special electromagnetic probe to obtain samples of areas previously unreachable by standard bronchoscopy.
  • Thoracotomy: An incision (cut) is made between two ribs to check inside the chest for signs of malignancy, frequently caused by asbestos exposure.

Cancer Support Groups


Locations

Dyson Center for Cancer Care
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 431-6807
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Dyson Breast Center
21 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 214-1830
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice — Surgery
21 Reade Place, Suite 3100 
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 214-1800
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice — Medical Oncology
45 Reade Place, Suite 3100 
Dyson Center 2nd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 483-6001
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 

Vassar Brothers Medical Mall
200 Westage Business Center Drive
Fishkill, NY 12524

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* Defined in this case as a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years. (1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years or 3 packs per day for 10 years, etc.)