Oct 12, 2016

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Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

early-diagnosis-of-lung-cancerMy mom smokes cigarettes. I don’t like it. I would like her to stop. I worry about her health. I know that she has a higher risk for lung cancer than others and that scares me.

Recently, many insurance plans have approved a lung cancer screening with low dose CT where there is no out-of-pocket expense—no deductible, no co-pay and no co-insurance for those who qualify. Studies have shown that screening individuals at high risk with CT scans before symptoms appear can find lung cancer early when it is easier to treat and more likely to be cured.

So who qualifies?

Individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer who should be screened include:

  • Those who are between the ages of 55-80 who currently smoke or who quit within last 15 years.
  • Those who have a smoking history of 30 years or more (an average of one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.).

Why do it?

  • Current or former smokers may be up to 25 times higher risk of developing lung cancer than someone who never smoked.
  • Current and former heavy smokers who have been screened with low-dose CT scans have reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent.

Highest Quality Care

Pella Regional Health Center is the only designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology in the region. Plus, we have the people to make our program function at the highest level with the well-rounded staff and services that are offered here. This allows for a patient-centered approach to deliver the highest quality care through a coordinated plan.

If an abnormality is found, patients will have follow up appointments with Gerard Matysik, DO, board-certified pulmonologist at Pella Regional to determine next steps in treatment. In the event there is a cancer diagnosis a board-certified team of oncologists, infusion nurses and primary care physicians are available at Pella Regional for the optimal care for patients with minimum travel.

For more information, go to here, or contact Pella Regional’s Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator at lungcancerscreening@pellahealth.org or 641-621-2442.

The coordinator will contact patients for additional information and to discuss details of the screening and possible eligibility.

My mom is just a few years away from being eligible for this screening. You can bet I will become the queen of nagging at that time to get her in for this potentially life-saving test.

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