Holy Redeemer Offers Low-Dose Scans to Detect Lung Cancer
Posted Date: 7/24/2013
|Meadowbrook, PA—July 24, 2013—Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world. Unfortunately, the symptoms of this deadly disease emerge slowly. This means it often goes undetected until it reaches an advanced and more deadly stage.
To improve the odds that lung cancer is detected and treated early, Holy Redeemer Hospital now offers a low-dose CT scan (LDCT). This brief, painless screening uses a low dose of radiation to take images of a patient’s chest. Those images are then reviewed by a radiologist who looks for signs of cancer. The results can be read while the patient waits, providing nearly immediate feedback and eliminating the stress of waiting for test results.
The National Cancer Institute conducted a large national lung screening trial which showed a benefit in using LDCT in detecting lung cancer earlier in heavy smokers. Those who should consider an LDCT scan include people with a significant smoking history, even if they have already quit; people between the ages of 50 and 79; and people who have no history of cancer within the last five years.
LDCT is currently not covered by most insurance plans. The cost for the test is $289. For more information or to make an appointment for an LDCT scan at Holy Redeemer, call 215-938-LUNG (5864).
About Holy Redeemer Health System
With an emphasis on providing a continuum of care, Holy Redeemer Health System remains true to the mission to care, comfort and heal that its sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care. Today, Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.