Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. A landmark national study, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has indicated that screening with low-dose CT scans can help find these cancers early, leading to a higher cure rate.
What is a Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung Cancer Screening is a low-dose CT scan (computed tomography) which is a type of imaging. The scan covers the entire chest and provides a more detailed look than a standard chest x-ray. The exam take about 15 minutes in total, with the actual scan lasting only 5 to 10 seconds.
Who Should Have a Lung Cancer Screening?
This exam is for patients that are at high risk for lung cancer.
The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) is recommending annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer. The American Lung Association Supports this announcement and finds lung cancer screening a promising clinical strategy for the detection of pre-symptomatic lung cancer in individuals at the highest risk. The American Cancer Society also views this screening as an important tool to be considered in cancer detection.
What Does it Cost?
With new recommendations from national organizations, some, but not all, health insurance carriers are starting to cover low-dose CT screening for patients who meet criteria for the high-risk lung screening program. However, this is a rapidly evolving issue and patients should check with their insurance companies and physicians.
If you are not covered by insurance and you still want to proceed, and you meet criteria, the out-of-pocket cost is $250. However, if the initial scan results in the need for follow-up, your health insurance should cover further care.
How Do I Schedule a Lung Cancer Screening?
For more information or to schedule a lung cancer screening, call 1-855-EARLYDX (1-855-327-5939)
Request a consultation.
Where Do I Go for Screening?
Sentara offers lung cancer screenings at 15 convenient locations across Hampton Roads.
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What Happens After the Screening?
You and your primary care physician will be informed of your screening results within 5 business days. If the results are abnormal, your physicians will coordinate the appropriate followup appointments and care.