GSMC Now Offering Low Dose CT Lung Screenings for PatientsSep 21, 2018
Lung cancer can spread quickly widely and is often at an advanced stage when first found. These cancers are very hard to cure. But in recent years, doctors have found a test that can be used to screen for lung cancer in people at high risk of the disease. This test can help find some of these cancers early, which can lower the risk of dying from this disease. Good Samaritan’s Lung Cancer Screening Program provides a comprehensive approach to assessing lung cancer risk and includes the following:
- A painless, non-invasive low-dose CT scan
- Results and treatment plans within a week of screening
- Ongoing communication with referring physicians
In order for patients to participate in a screening, they must meet certain criteria including being between the ages of 55 and 77 years old, having smoked in the last 15 years, and having a history of smoking 30 packs per year (1 pack per day over 30 years or 2 packs per day over 15 years). Additionally, patients much be free of Harrington rods, bullet fragments and active respiratory infections in order to be scanned. They must be able to lay flat with their arms above their head for a short time and willing to go forward with additional tests and procedures, if it becomes necessary. Our lung screening patient navigator will help patients throughout the entire process.
Learn more about our lung cancer screening and contact our patient navigator.