A lung cancer screening consists of a low dose, non-contrast computerized tomography (CT) scan. The scan looks for signs of lung cancer before you feel symptoms from the disease, and may allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Why is Lung Cancer Screening Important?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Traditionally, lung cancer has been undetectable until it has reached a late, and often incurable stage. However, with advances in technology and cancer research, there are now proven effective ways to screen for lung cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection is important because it can allow for earlier treatment and may increase the chance of survival.
Who Can Participate?
Screening criteria is based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, which considers the following individuals to be at risk:
Current or former smokers ages 55-77 showing no signs or symptoms of lung cancer, who have a history of smoking 1 pack a day for at least 30 years OR current or former smokers with a history of smoking 2 packs a day for at least 15 years
Former smoker that quite within the last 15 years
People over 50 years of age and above with a history of smoking 1 pack a day for at least 20 years and have one of the following risk factors:
COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
Occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel
Personal or family history of cancer
About Your Lung Cancer Team
Baptist Health provides a high-quality, multi-disciplinary collaboration of area physicians and health care resources to provide a well-coordinated lung cancer treatment program. Your team may consist of:
Internal medicine physician with additional specialty training in the management of cancer patients. Medical oncologists help with planning the optimal sequence of treatment for individuals, and are responsible for long term follow ups and surveillance of cancer status.
Physician specialist with expertise in radiation therapy, used to destroy cancer cells. There are many applications of radiation therapy which require careful planning and coordination with other treatments. The goal is to optimize the benefit of radiation therapy for cancer patients.
Internal medicine physician with specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of lung and respiratory diseases. These physicians are a key component in optimizing lung health for our patients before and after therapy for cancer.
Physician trained in the interpretation of imaging studies of the body, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans. Radiologists play an important role in the proper staging, follow up, and measurement of a patient's response to cancer therapy.
Physician specialist who confirms a tissue diagnosis of cancer and determines characteristics of the disease in a patients. Pathologists are able to share information with the treatment team about what type of cancer the patient has and how it may behave.
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