Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, causing more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. Results of the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial showed that current and former heavy smokers who received a low-dose CT scan over a three-year period reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent.
The McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program is a new service that uses low-dose CT scans to screen high-risk individuals for lung cancer. A lung CT scan can detect tiny spots or nodules on your lungs years before they may be seen on a regular chest X-ray.
In 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended lung cancer screenings for adults who:
- are between 55 to 80 years of age and have had a 30 or more pack-year history of cigarette smoking (30 pack-year is equivalent to one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years)
- do not currently exhibit any symptoms of lung cancer
- have quit smoking within the last 15 years
- are interested in being screened for lung cancer
The McLeod Lung Nurse Navigator will contact those interested in the Lung Cancer Screening Program to review their medical history and any symptoms they may be experiencing.
Participants in the McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program will receive:
- a low-dose CT scan*
- a professional reading and interpretation of findings by a McLeod Radiologist who will either recommend a one-year follow-up or further testing
- free smoking cessation counseling
- results sent to your primary care physician
- a letter informing you if your scan was normal or a follow-up call from the Lung Nurse Navigator
- referrals to a pulmonologist or cardiothoracic surgeon if anything of concern is detected on the scan
* Please note that cost of a low dose screening CT scan for a person without symptoms for lung cancer is $200. Medicare and most private insurance companies now cover the cost of the CT scan if you meet the criteria for a lung cancer screening. Ages covered by Medicare are 55 to 77; private insurance will pay for those 55 to 80.
If you are interested in learning more about the McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program, please contact McLeod Lung Nurse Navigator Summer Bryant-Cook at (843) 777-5640.
McLeod Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation
McLeod Regional Medical Center has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). McLeod is the only hospital in this part of South Carolina to achieve this designation.
The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: www.acr.org.