What happens to the scan results?

2018-10-03T15:46:36-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

The results from your lung cancer scan will be sent to the doctor who referred you for screening. Your doctor will review the results of the scan and will discuss if any follow up is needed. Because a spiral LDCT scan is so detailed, it is possible that something will show up on the exam that is not cancer. Your doctor will discuss the best way to follow up on any test result. In the event that you were screened without [...]

What should I expect when getting scanned?

2018-10-03T15:44:24-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Lung cancer screening is done using an imaging machine to produce a low-dose spiral (or helical) CT (Computed Tomography) scan of the chest. This scan uses a series of x-rays to show the shape, size and location of anything abnormal in the chest that might signal the need for follow up. LDCT scans are very sensitive and can show both cancerous and non-cancerous areas. To get a LDCT scan, you will lie very still on a table, which is slowly moved [...]

Why should I get screened?

2018-10-03T15:42:41-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Once you have talked to your doctor about risks and benefits, it might be useful to talk about why you may or may not want to be screened. Some questions to consider include: What are my reasons for wanting to be screened? Would I undergo surgery and possible treatment should cancer be found? What are my reasons for not wanting to be screened? Do I have all the information I need to make a decision with which I feel comfortable? If [...]

What about radiation?

2018-10-03T15:40:02-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

You will be exposed to low levels of radiation during the test. This level of radiation is more than an x-ray but much lower than a regular LDCT scan that you might have if you have symptoms of cancer. To put it into perspective, you will receive about the same amount of radiation from six months in your natural environment.

How often should I be screened?

2018-10-03T15:39:24-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Talk to your doctor about the results of your first screening to determine what you need to do next. For most people, a yearly scan is recommended. Lung nodules, which are spots on the lung, are common. Some people screened will have a nodule that needs further testing. Most of these nodules will not be cancer and this will be determined by additional LDCT scans. A small number of nodules will need additional tests, such as other imaging tests, needle biopsy [...]

What are my first steps toward screening?

2018-10-03T15:36:31-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Contact your doctor and discuss your concerns. Once the two of you have made a decision to be screened, your doctor will provide a referral to a local screening center who may be a member of LCA’s Screening Centers of Excellence.

What are the risks?

2018-10-03T15:35:08-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Cancer screening tests are not perfect. Some cancers can be missed (false negative) and some may look like a cancer when they are not (false positive). There is a small amount of radiation used in the test.

What are the benefits?

2018-10-03T15:34:30-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Studies have shown that screening those at high risk with LDCT scans before symptoms appear can find lung cancer early when it is easier to treat and more likely to be cured. In addition, lung cancer screening might also show if you have other conditions or diseases that need to be treated.

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

2018-10-03T15:33:44-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Currently, lung cancer screening is recommended (and covered by most insurance plans and Medicare) for a specific high-risk population. Individuals who meet these criteria are at the highest risk, but there is ongoing research to determine who else may have an elevated risk of developing lung cancer. Who should be screened: You are between the ages of 55-80. You are a current smoker or quit within the past 15 years. You have a 30 pack-year smoking history. (Calculated as # of [...]