Wellness is an ongoing journey encompassing all aspects of health: physical, mental, social and emotional. Skagit Regional Health is here to help you Be Well by offering health education, classes, screenings and convenient access to local, expert care when and where you need it.
Care for you. Care for each other. Care to keep you healthy.
Skagit Regional Health is your partner in wellness. With our goal of building healthier communities, we are committed to helping you with all of your healthcare needs. This commitment includes:
- Growing the number of primary care providers and advanced specialists available through Skagit Regional Health’s clinics and hospital campuses.
- Helping you stay up to date on important health screenings.
- Providing convenient virtual care options.
- Offering podcasts and health-related classes to help you learn about and engage in behaviors that benefit your wellbeing.
We encourage you to make choices to support a healthy, balanced life, from engaging in regular exercise and proper nutrition to fostering supportive social connections and partnering with Skagit Regional Health for your healthcare needs. How will you Be Well?
November: Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Low-dose CT lung screenings make it easy to catch symptoms of lung cancer early. Screening are available at both Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital and are now covered by Medicare for high-risk patients ages 55 to 77.
Management of Type 2 Diabetes
Listen in as endocronologist, Matthew Rosner, DO, discusses what you need to know about type 2 diabetes including the signs, symptoms, risk factors, what advice he has for families to prevent children from developing it and more.
Orthopedic Services Close to Home
Our expert orthopedic team provides high-quality, comprehensive care from the more routine orthopedic conditions to the most complex.
Customized Treatment for Lung Cancer
The Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center is a regional destination for lung cancer patients in Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties. We provide an individualized lung cancer treatment plan that is coordinated by board-certified physicians across many disciplines. No matter what your lung cancer type or stage, we treat every patient on an individualized basis, using a highly personalized approach that allows us to provide the best possible lung cancer treatment or lung cancer cure.
Lung cancer occurs if cells in the lung begin to divide and grow abnormally and out of control, creating a mass or tumor and crowding out normal cells. These malignant (cancerous) cells have lost the behavior of normal cells, which die when they are damaged and have “boundaries” keeping them from spreading to the tissue that surrounds them. If left untreated, lung cancer can spread to other sites in the body.
The three main types of lung cancer include:
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Lung Carcinoid Tumor (neuroendocrine tumor)
“Most of the time, lung cancer has no symptoms at all until the disease is very advanced,” said Thoracic Surgeon Richard Leone, MD, PhD, FACS. “CT scanning is the best way to identify early, treatable lung cancers. The newer CTs are amazingly good in finding tiny nodules.” Low-dose CT screening, available at both Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital, is now covered by Medicare for high-risk patients ages 55 to 77.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends that healthy adults at high risk for lung cancer talk to their primary care provider about screening with low-dose CT.
For more information or for a referral for a low-dose CT screening, talk to your primary care provider.