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Lung Cancer Screening Program

Patients who are at high risk for lung cancer can take advantage of a new program to screen and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop through use of a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan. This screening program is now offered at:

  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Medical Center – Carrollton, 972.394.1080
  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, 214.818.2770
  • Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, 817.922.2222
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland, 972.487.5293
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine, 817.329.2501
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, 972.579.4333
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, 469.764.2400
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, 469.814.5500
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, 469.843.5195

     

    According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death – more than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute proved that screening people at high risk of lung cancer with low-dose CT scans reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent. This study estimates that early detection and treatment of lung cancer could save more than 70,000 lives a year.

     

    Lung Cancer Screening

    • Simple, low-dose CT scan of the lungs – once the patient is on the table, the scan takes less than 5 minutes.
    • Radiologist on the medical staff reviews the scan and looks for signs of nodules that might indicate cancer.

     

    Candidates for the Screening

    For Medicare to cover this screening, annually patients should:

    • Be 55-77 years old
    • Have a cigarette-only smoking history of at least 30 "pack years" (i.e.: 1.5 packs/day x 20 smoking years = 30 pack years)
    • Be a current smoker or stopped smoking within the last 15 years
    • Have no symptoms

     

    Cost

    The fee for a lung CT is $250, which will be filed on the patient’s insurance plan. Fee does not include the radiologist interpretation.

     

    Referring a Patient

    Physician referral is required. Lung cancer screening forms are available through Access Services or Radiology.

     



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