CT Lung Screening
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Lung cancer is not only treatable, but potentially curable when diagnosed in its early stages. Queen of the Valley Medical Center is committed to providing the best technology available for early detection: low-dose CT lung screening.
This method has been shown to detect cancers not visible on chest x-rays. And more than 80% of lung cancers detected with a CT have been in the earliest stages - with a high probability of cure. The latest research shows that CT lung screenings can save lives, which is why many experts believe it should be a standard procedure for patients who are at high risk.
Should you consider a lung screening?
You should consider a lung screening if you are at risk for lung cancer.
- Are you between 55 and 74 years old?
- Are you currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years?
- Have you smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you may be a candidate for a low-cost CT lung cancer screening.
To schedule your CT lung screening, call (707) 251-3555 or e-mail LungCancer.ScreeningProgram@stjoe.org
Please note: You do not have to be a patient to receive this screening. To be eligible, you should receive a referral for the exam from your primary care physician (PCP) prior to your scheduled appointment. If you do not have a PCP or are unable to get a referral, we can help. Please call (707) 251-3555.
What to expect
CT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. It is also one of the easiest screening exams you can have. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changes as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least six seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
More about CT screening
Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we now have confirmation that CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer.
Most private insurers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) do not currently cover this type of screening. This is why Queen of the Valley Medical Center is offering low-cost CT lung screening to individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) high-risk criteria.