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Lung Cancer Screening

manAt Franciscan Health Valparaiso CDI, we care about your health - catching lung lesions early on is just one example of this. If you’re a smoker or former smoker, you may worry about your risk of getting lung cancer. A recent study1 found that getting a CT scan can detect lung cancer at earlier stages. Lung Cancer has an 88% survival rate when caught early and treated.2

If you are a smoker or former smoker and concerned about your risk of lung cancer, Franciscan Health Valparaiso CDI offers a CT Lung scan. Your test will be evaluated by a board-certified radiologist, with consultations from Franciscan Health’s expert team, starting with a Nurse Navigator along with pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and oncologists as needed.

The CT Lung scan is a self-pay exam and payment is due at the time of service. No physician referral is needed for this screening exam, however if you have a referral you may qualify for the exam even if you have not met the recommended guidelines.

Not everyone is a candidate for a CT Lung scan. The following qualifications apply:

  • Men and women between the ages of 55 and 75 years
  • Current or former smoker with at least a 30 pack year history (an average of 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years)
  • IF ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years
  • Additional screening criteria based on National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines
  • Leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States
  • Mostly caused by cigarette smoking
  • Grows silently for many years and reaches an advanced stage before causing symptoms that lead to diagnosis and treatment
  • Advanced stage lung cancer is difficult to treat

If you are a smoker, the most important way to reduce your chances of getting lung cancer is to stop smoking. If you stop smoking, damage from tobacco may be partially reversible.

 

Learn more about Lung Scan Screening! 

If you believe a CT Lung scan is right for you, call us to schedule an appointment.

 

 

The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST) was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) and the Lung Cancer Study Group.

Recent study published in NEJM, lung cancer diagnosed at stage 1 resulted in a survival rate of 88% at a projected 10 years. N England J Med 2006;355:17