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Lung Cancer Screening

CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport now offers a new low-cost screening program to help patients who are at risk for lung cancer. The program is designed to screen current and former heavy smokers for lung cancer more effectively and offer them a chance to receive a diagnosis and treatment at its earliest stages.

What is a Low-Dose CT scan of the Chest for lung cancer screening?

A low-dose CT scan is a quick and painless scan of the chest to detect tumors significantly smaller than 1 cm in size. The advanced CT scan obtains multiple images of the chest so the board-certified radiologist can interpret thoroughly. The CT scan delivers a safe low-dose of radiation compared to a normal CT scan.

Who is considered an appropriate candidate?

Candidates for the screenings include current smokers 50 years of age and older, who have smoked an equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day for at least 20 years and has an additional risk factor like occupational exposure or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Other candidates are former smokers 55 years of age and older, who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years. Former smokers should have quit within the last 15 years.

What is the benefit of lung cancer screenings?

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a study identified a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths for participants who received the low-dose helical CT scan compared with those undergoing a conventional chest x-ray. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Approximately 80 percent of lung cancers can be cured if detected at its earliest stage.

What is the cost for Lung Cancer screening?

Insurance does not cover this service at this time. Patients will be responsible for $150 which includes the cost of the scan and fees associated with the radiologist interpretation.

How do I make an appointment?

To schedule an appointment for the Lung Cancer Screening, you must have a consultation with your physician to determine if you are an appropriate candidate.  If you eligible, your physician will write an order for a Low-Dose CT scan of the Chest for Lung Cancer Screening. Patients should call Central Scheduling at CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport at 979-299-2888 to make an appointment.