Lung Cancer Screening Program
Greater Regional Medical Center and its physician partners are committed to bring awareness and early detection for the communities they serve. Greater Regional's goal in lung cancer screening is to detect abnormalities that appear to be lung cancer at its earliest stage, future followup and further evaluation, and help patients get the care needed quickly for the best possible outcome.
Our program consists of multidisciplinary team that inlcudes: Family Practice Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians and the specialties of, Radiology,Pulmonology, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Pathology , and a referral to a Thoracic Surgeon if needed. They will work as a team to evaluate patients for their lung cancer risk, schedule screening scan and refer to necessary follow-up as quickly as possible.
How Does this Program Work?
If you meet the criteria as high risk for lung cancer you can contact your physician. Before participating in the screening you should consult your physician to discuss the risks and benefits of lung cancer screening.
The screening scan will be ordered,with insurance authorization obtained, the results will go to the physician who ordered the scan. Then if needed you will be referred to a cancer specialist, pulmonologist, and/or thoracic surgeon.
The Nation Comprehensive Cancer Network has developed guidelines to screen for individuals who may be high risk. ( There are the Medicare guidelines for payment.)
- 55-80 years of age
- Have a 30 pack/year history of smoking (number of years smoked multiplied by packs per day)
- Are currently smoking or have quit within the last 15 years
- If you have a personal or family history of lung cancer
With a low-dose CT scan, detecting lung cancer earlier will benefit patients. The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed the more likely to be cured.
- Reduces the number of deaths from lung cancer if you are high risk
- Often detects lung cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage leading to less lung tissue removal
- Is painless, noninvasive and fast, which is important if you struggle holding your breath
- Abnormal findings may require additional testing to determine whether cancer is present. This additional testing may come with an additional cost.
- Normal test results can occur even when lung cancer is present
- When screening is done later in the disease process, the benefits of living longer and improving health become unlikely
For more information contact us at 641.782.2131
*Coverage by your insurance will depend on your specific insurance plan.