Current and former smokers can now be screened more effectively for lung cancer with Mather Hospital’s Lung Cancer Screening Program. National studies have shown that low dose CT screening can detect lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. You should consider having a screening if you are 55 to 77 years old AND have at least a 30 “pack year” smoking history (average of one pack a day for 30 years), and currently smoke or quit in the last 15 years.
This annual screening is covered by most insurances with no out-of-pocket expenses.
How do I schedule a lung cancer screening?
You must be assessed by your primary care physician to determine if you meet the screening criteria. A prescription from your physician is required for a lung cancer screening CT. Once you have your prescription, contact Mather Hospital’s Lung Cancer Screening Program to schedule your screening. After the screening, you will be contacted by your primary care physician to discuss the results. The program’s Nurse Navigator is available to help you and your physician develop an evaluation plan and assist with any referrals, if necessary.
If I have a lung nodule, does that mean I have or will develop lung cancer?
Not necessarily. According to current studies, more than 95% of initial lung nodules are non-cancerous.
Is there risk to having the screening?
There is a certain amount of radiation exposure with any CT scan. Mather’s 320-slice CT scanner provides exceptionally low dose radiation exposure for lung cancer screenings, an average of 1 millisievert (mSv) or less. Your radiation exposure from the screening scan will be less than your natural exposure to radiation in one year.
Why should I have the screening done at Mather Hospital?
Mather’s 320-slice CT scanner performs low dose scans with exceptional clarity. Our board certified radiologists follow a program that minimizes and monitors radiation exposure for all CT scan studies.Our Nurse Navigator will explain the entire screening process and assist you along the way with scheduling an appointment, follow up, and smoking cessation counseling, if necessary. We are an American College of Radiology (ACR) Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center and are accredited by the ACR.
Read patients’ success stories who benefited from Mather Hospital’s Lung Cancer Screening Program.