MCH Lung Screening ProgramMedical Center Health System is proud to introduce the MCH Lung Screening Program;
a new service that uses a series of low-dose CT (computed tomography) scans to screen
high-risk individuals for lung cancer.Screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans has proven to be essential to achieving
early detection and can help diagnose the disease before symptoms appear. According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), high-risk individuals include:
• People 55 to 74 years of age who have a 30 or more pack-year history of cigarette
smoking (30 pack-year is equivalent to one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per
day for 15 years, etc.). The NCCN Guideline for Lung Cancer Screening states that
there is more scientific evidence and consensus among experts that this group of
high-risk patients should be screened.
• People 50 years or older who have a 20 or more pack-year history of cigarette smoking
and an additional risk factor for lung cancer, such as:
- Exposure to radon
- Exposure to occupational carcinogens, such as silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic,
beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, coal smoke, and soot
- A previous cancer such as lung cancer, lymphoma, head & neck cancer, or
- A family history of lung cancer
- Lung disease such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
Individuals who fall into either of these groups should consider participating in the MCH Lung Screening Program, although the NCCN states that there is more evidence and consensus for screening in the first group.
What Does the MCH Lung Screening Program Include?
The MCH Lung Screening Program, the only one of its kind in our region, includes:
• A series of 3 low-dose CT scans
• Provided once per year over a 3-year period
• At a cost of $300 per scan
Results from a recent national study show that using low-dose CT scans in this manner is safe and effective. It also indicates that a significant reduction in death can be achieved among high-risk smokers when they are screened regularly using this method.
Lung Cancer Patient Navigation
The MCH Lung Screening Program also includes the assistance of a Nurse Navigator. Our Nurse Navigator is a certified oncology nurse who provides education, follow-up, and assistance finding community and smoke cessation resources. They also send reminders and will help patients keep track of return appointments.
Getting Started in the Lung Screening Program
A physician’s order is required to participate in the MCH Lung Screening Program. Once you and your physician have determined that the program is right for you, contact our Nurse Navigator at (432) 640-1578 to make your appointment.
Lung Cancer Screening
Visit these websites for more in-depth information on lung cancer and lung cancer screenings.
Lung Cancer Alliance
Screening for Lung Cancer
American Lung Association
National Lung Screening Trial (NLST)