Lung Cancer Screening Program
Welcome to the Lakeland HealthCare Lung Cancer Screening Program.
We are pleased that you and your physician have chosen this option as a way to help manage your health. This program provides a low-dose helical CT (Computed Tomography) scan. A recent national study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found that low-dose helical CT screenings were more effective than chest x-rays in finding lung cancer at an early stage when the cancer is more treatable. (For more information, see www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/noteworthy-trials/nlst)
For a cost of $150*, you will receive a low-dose helical chest CT scan, which will be read by a physician. The results will then be reviewed with you. As a participant in the Lung Cancer Screening Program, two additional CT Scans over the next two years or as clinically indicated are available for the same low cost.
* Check with your insurance carrier for coverage details.
Who is eligible?
If you meet the following criteria, you would be eligible for this screening.
- Age 55 – 74 years AND
- ≥ 30 pack per year history of smoking* AND
- If you are a former smoker, your date of quitting was within the last 15 years
*History of smoking: # of pack per years = (# of packs smoked per day) X (# of years as a smoker) Visit http://smokingpackyears.com/calculate for an online calculator to determine your history of smoking number - a calculation based on the number of cigarettes per day is available.
Why you should be screened
- Lung cancer, primarily caused by cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
- Most lung cancers are detected when they cause symptoms (i.e. coughing, shortness of breath, weight loss and fatigue). By the time symptoms are present, the cancer has most likely spread outside of the lung and is more difficult to treat.
- One of the keys to more successful treatment of lung cancer is the early detection of the disease. That is why it is important to be screened before symptoms develop.
What is a CT (Computed Tomography) Scan?
• Multiple images are taken during a CT scan and a computer processes them into cross-sectional “slices” which are very detailed.
• Radiation exposure from a low-dose helical CT scan is much lower than that from a regular diagnostic CT, and is considered safe.
What to expect after the scan
- • After reviewing and interpreting your Screening Chest CT scan, our Radiologists will recommend either a follow-up yearly Screening CT or the need for further examinations or treatments. These results will be shared with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) who ordered your Screening Chest CT Scan. If indicated, follow-up appointments should be made with a Thoracic Surgeon (lung surgeon) or a Pulmonologist (lung doctor) recommended by your PCP, or by your personal choice, in a timely manner.
- If no lung nodules are found, your next Screening Chest CT should be in one year. Screening after baseline should occur every year for at least two years. After two years, your doctors may want to continue yearly screening.
- If a lung nodule is found, the Radiologists can work together with your PCP to determine the best course of action for you. We also have a team of Pulmonologists (lung doctors) and Thoracic Surgeons (lung surgeons) available. This multidisciplinary group of physicians will review any abnormal findings and make recommendations.
- You will be provided with smoking cessation information. The most important way to decrease lung cancer rates is for smokers to quit smoking.
- Please call Catherine Clarey-Sanford, Oncology Nurse Navigator, (269) 556-2885, if you have any questions or concerns.