|Mercy Now Offering New Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening|
News Release: September 29, 2014
Mercy Now Offering New Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
Chicago, IL – Earlier this month, Mercy Hospital began offering a new Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening program for early diagnosis of lung cancer. CT lung cancer screening is a diagnostic imaging test targeted for long-time smokers, ages 55 to 74, who have a 30 “pack years” history of smoking [Pack years are determined by the number of packs smoked per day times the number of years smoked] and are a current smoker or former smoker who quit within the last fifteen years. The screening costs $88; currently lung cancer screening is not covered by the majority of insurance carriers.
The new Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening can detect lung cancer early before symptoms occur increasing the likelihood of survival. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S – more people die of lung cancer each year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.
“The goal of our lung cancer screening is to provide quality lung cancer prevention, screening and care to our patients and to identify lung cancer at an earlier stage when it can be better treated and ideally cured,” said Eileen Lowery, RN, MSN, Mercy Lung Care Program Coordinator.
After a recent landmark trial, the National Lung Screening Trial, which involved more than 50,000 patients at high risk for lung cancer found that half of the participants who had a low dose screening CT scan of the chest done yearly showed a 20% decreased chance of dying from lung cancer.
Mercy’s interdisciplinary team, which includes primary care providers, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, and rehabilitation and therapy specialists provide expertise to diagnose and treat more effectively lung cancer in its early stage, when it is most treatable. A physician referral is not required, but patients should speak with their primary care physician about whether this screening will be beneficial for them. For additional information, to see if you are eligible or to schedule a screening appointment, please contact Eileen Lowery, RN, MSN, Mercy Lung Care Program Coordinator at 312-567-8800.
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