Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women in the United States, resulting in more than 150,000 deaths each year—more than breast, prostate and colon cancer deaths combined.
Early-stage lung cancers have up to a 60 percent cure rate, compared to only 10 percent with late-stage cancers. Eden Medical Center offers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), which has been clinically-proven to reduce lung cancer mortality in individuals at high-risk for lung cancer.
Low dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is a quick, safe and easy way to detect lung cancer early. The radiation of the scan is equivalent to a mammogram. All scans are reviewed and read by board-certified radiologists.
Eden's low-dose CT screening program integrates seamlessly with our comprehensive cancer care services and other resources to help guide patients if cancer or a suspicious finding is detected.
LDCT lung screening is recommended for the following groups of people who are at high risk for lung cancer. You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening at Eden Medical Center if you meet all of the criteria below:
- Age between 55 and 77 years old
- Have no signs or symptoms of cancer
- Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years
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Scheduling a Screening
What is CT screening?
Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special x-ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing for the information to show a cross section of body tissues and organs.
What is the goal of low-dose CT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, treatment options may be limited.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk. (The National Lung Screening Trial Research Team. Reduced lung cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomographic screening. N Engl J Med. 2011; 365:395-409.)
How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 15 minutes. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 10 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
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Lung Nodule Program
In the case that a patient receives a positive or suspicious scan, the team at Eden Medical Center’s Lung Nodule Program will guide you through every step of your diagnosis and treatment.
A team of physicians, including pulmonologists, radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists meet to discuss your results and treatment options.
Our cancer nurse navigator is your partner who is with you every step of the way, guiding you through the journey and answering any questions you may have.
Learn more about our Cancer Care Services.
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