Lung Cancer Screening Program

Lung Cancer Screening Program

Knowing Is Breathing Easy

At Holy Redeemer we offer the personalized support that helps smokers, former smokers and those with other lung problems, take a proactive step towards improved health.

The facts are sobering. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related mortality in the world. And, unlike some cancers, the five-year survival rates are about 16%. The reason for this is partly because symptoms emerge slowly. By the time a nagging cough, chest pain or weight loss develops and lung cancer is diagnosed, the disease may already be advanced. But, with a simple, low-dose CT (LDCT) scan, lung cancer can often be detected at an earlier stage, increasing the chance for successful treatment and long-term survival. In fact, a recent study suggested 20% lower mortality overall in patients who are screened.

Realizing the need for a proactive lung cancer screening program, Holy Redeemer has created a patient-friendly center with convenient nurse navigators and screening, all under one roof.

What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. The abnormal cells can grow and develop into tumors that interfere with the function of the lung. But, because it can take a while for any physical symptoms to develop, early detection is literally a life saver. 

Cigarette smoking is the cause of most lung cancers, but there are other factors, too. Exposure to asbestos, radon, environmental factors and secondhand smoke can also cause lung cancer.

Who Should be Tested?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) conducted a large national lung screening trial (NLST), which showed a benefit in detecting lung cancer earlier in heavy smokers using LDCT. Essentially, it comes down to how long and how much you have smoked in your lifetime.

You are most likely a candidate for a lung screening if you:

  • are a current smoker or former smoker who quit within 15 years
  • have a significant smoking history, even if you already quit smoking (i.e. smoked more than a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years.
  • are between the ages of 55-79
  • have not had a regular Chest Ct Scan with in the last 12 months
  • do not have a diagnosis of lung cancer or any symptoms of lung cancer (i.e. fever, chest pain, coughing up blood, new or changed cough and unexplained weight loss)

Regardless of your eligibility for participation in the lung screening program, if you are a smoker, we recommend enrollment in a smoking cessation program and many health insurance plans offer reimbursement for smoking cessation classes. Click here for more information.

Getting Started

You owe it to yourself and your loved ones, to take control of your health. For a long-term smoker, a proactive lung cancer screening test is among the most important steps toward securing extended quality of life.

Does My Insurance cover this?

This screening test is covered by Medicare and many insurance providers. Call us at 215-938-LUNG to see if you are eligible.

Is the Radiation from a Scan Safe?

The scan you will receive is a LDCT scan of the chest. This scan is painless and takes just a few minutes. The amount of radiation received from the scan is very low. It is approximately 1/8 the amount that would be received from having a regular CT scan and similar to the radiation exposure you receive naturally from the environment over approximately 6 months.

Why Holy Redeemer?

The Charles A. and Betty Bott Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer provides world-class care close to home. A dedicated nurse navigator will be your guide through the entire experience including our state-of-the-art CT scanning equipment and expert specialty physicians.

What’s Next?

To get more information or to make an appointment call 215-938-LUNG to speak with one of our nurse navigators.