Lung Cancer Screening
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A Lung Cancer Screening Program is now available at Rex Healthcare for people with a high risk for lung cancer. If you are a current or former smoker and think you may be at risk, talk with your doctor or call (919) 784-5650 to learn more about this lung cancer screening.
About the Lung Cancer Screening Program
The screening team includes pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons and oncologists as well as a patient navigator, other clinicians and support staff to make sure patients get everything they need.
If you think you are at risk, talk to your doctor or call (919) 784-5650. If you might be a good candidate, our staff will setup an appointment for you to meet with someone on our screening team. At this one on one appointment, we will determine if a lung screening is right for you.
Lung Screening CT
The screening test is performed with a low-dose spiral (helical) CT. The CT scanner rotates around your body, while you lie still on a table that passes through the center of the scanner. The CT scan provides detailed images of the inside of your body, made by a computer that combines the x-ray images taken from different angles. The screening CT can be performed with a single short breath-hold and takes about 7-15 seconds.
Our screening team is committed to helping you maintain your health. No matter the results of your screening, our team may suggest follow-up care and a long-term plan for keeping you healthy.
Am I at risk for lung cancer?
Your doctor or our clinicians can help to determine if you are at risk for lung cancer.
People with a history of cigarette smoking have a high risk of lung cancer. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of possible lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase your risk.
Consistent with The National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), high-risk persons are those who are current or former heavy smokers (who have quit in the last 15 years), who smoked or had smoked an average of more than one pack per day over 30 years and are aged 55 - 74 years.
To see if you are at risk and a good candidate for a lung screening, you will be asked a series of questions about smoking, your health and exposure to harmful substances.
Why is screening for lung cancer important?
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers and is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Often there are no signs of lung cancer until it is in advanced stages making it hard to treat. By detecting lung cancer early with a screening, the chances of successfully treating it are greater.
How does the lung cancer screening work?
When you contact the Rex Lung Cancer Screening Program, you will speak to one of the clinicians on our team, and he or she will ask questions to help assess your risk. If you might be at risk, our staff will help you set up an appointment for further evaluation at a one on one appointment with one of our team members. If he or she recommends a screening, you will schedule a CT screening at the location that is best for you. You and your doctor will be contacted with your results in two business days. If further evaluation and treatment is needed, our team will work with you and your physicians on a plan that is right for you.
Call us for more information or to schedule an appointment at (919) 784-5650.
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