Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Introduces Lung Cancer Screening Clinic 11/02/2012
Breathe Easier and Get Screened Detecting lung cancer in its earliest stages can mean more tomorrows for you or your loved ones. The new Lung Cancer Screening Clinic was created to screen high risk individuals for lung cancer.
Your best chance at beating cancer is early detection along with a comprehensive cancer center that features a team of specialists working together for you. The Lung Cancer Care Multidisciplinary Team at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center brings together specialists to ensure highest quality, individualized care for every patient. The Lung Team recommends lung cancer screenings for high risk patients.
High Risk Status Screening Recommended for:
The Lung Cancer Screening Clinic will follow National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Lung Cancer Screening.
NCCN classifies high risk individuals as smokers and former smokers 55-74 years old with a smoking history of 30 or more pack years (number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked) and directs these patients to lung cancer screening.
Additionally, you are considered a high risk individual if you are age 50 or older with a smoking history of 20 or more pack years and one additional risk factor (not including secondhand smoke):
• radon exposure • occupational exposure (carcinogens, asbestos) • cancer history, family history of lung cancer or disease history (COPD or Pulmonary Fibrosis)
It is unlikely that this screening will be covered under any private insurance plan or under current government insurance plans such as Medicare or Medicaid. You will be financially responsible for the $200 fee at the time of service. Physician referral is not required, but it is highly recommended.