At Hahnemann University Hospital, you’ll find lung cancer treatment from caring professionals. Our team of oncologists works to return you to health and find the treatment that’s best for you. We can help patients with malignancies of the lung, esophagus, trachea, chest wall, periocardium and pulmonary system.
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Lung Cancer Screening at Hahnemann University Hospital
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting more than 200,000 people per year. Almost 90 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer die from the disease, frequently because the cancer is not discovered until it is too advanced to cure. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage, it is more likely to be curable. Now there is a screening test that can help find lung cancer.
The goal of screening is to save lives. LDCT is a screening test used to find early stage lung cancer. LDCT lung screening of high risk individuals has been endorsed by numerous medical societies including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Lung Cancer Alliance, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, United States Preventive Services Task Force, and many others.
Following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines smokers aged 55 to 80 years who have a history of smoking may be eligible for the exam. Individuals who quit smoking more than 15 years ago may not be eligible for the exam. To determine whether or not you should undergo lung cancer screening with LDCT, please speak with your physician or call our patient navigator at (215) 762-4453 who can assist you.
LDCT screening is a very easy exam to undergo. The CT scan itself only takes about 10 seconds. No medications are given, no needles are used, and you can eat and drink the morning of the exam. You do not need to change into a gown as long as there is no metal in your clothing. You must, however, be able to lay flat and hold your breath for about 6 to 10 seconds. Unlike an MRI scanner, the CT scanner has a wide, short opening, so claustrophobia should not be a problem. The CT makes a series of detailed images of the lungs, which will be interpreted by a radiologist.
If you are eligible for lung screening, it is recommended that you have the test once per year. If an abnormality is detected, additional tests may be recommended for further evaluation.
Most insurance companies cover the test. You can discuss this with your insurance company or your physician. However, if your insurance company does not cover the test, it will cost $100.
How can I schedule an appointment for LDCT screening?
You must provide a prescription from your primary care physician or another physician in order to undergo LDCT screening. If you have a prescription for LDCT lung screening, please call our patient navigator at (215) 762-4453 who can help you schedule your LDCT exam.
If you do not have a primary care physician or if you wish to discuss your eligibility for LDCT screening, please call our patient navigator at (215) 762-4453 for assistance.