Be Proactive. Get Screened
Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers but it doesn’t have to be that way. The best way to fight lung cancer is to catch it early. The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Saint Agnes is designed to do just that.
Call us at 1-844-LUNG-TEST today to schedule your $75 lung screening.
A Proven Leader in Lung Screenings
Saint Agnes Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the United States with extensive experience performing and analyzing CT screens for lung cancer. Why? Because we’ve participated in an international clinical study called the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), involving over 50,000 participants, worldwide. A recent groundbreaking study released by the National Cancer Institute proved that CT screening for this deadly cancer can have a significant impact on a patient’s survival.
When you contact the Saint Agnes Lung Screening Program you will be connected with our Nurse Navigator who will walk you through every step of the process. The screening is designed for individuals who may be at high risk for developing cancer. This includes individuals who are:
- Aged 55-74
- Smoked a pack a day for 30 years or more or the equivalent
- A current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
Why should I get a lung screening?
With lung cancer, an early diagnosis can make all of the difference. When lung cancer is detected early at Stage 1, the chance for survival after five years is 92 percent. If it is diagnosed later as a Stage 4 lung cancer, the survival rate dips to 15 percent. Through the I-ELCAP study, Saint Agnes and other hospitals participating in the study have learned that annual CT screening allows for at least 80 percent of lung cancers to be diagnosed in Stage 1.
How do I schedule a lung screening?
Scheduling a screening is easy. You can call our Nurse Navigator, Paula Guarante at 1-844-LUNG-TEST. Paula will make sure this screening is right for you and if so, assist you in setting up that screening. We offer screenings at Seton Imaging, conveniently located on the Saint Agnes campus. Paula will help you throughout the process, answering any questions or providing guidance should your screening results require a follow up visit. Paula will be with you every step of the way.
What happens during a lung screening?
A lung screening utilizes a low dose computed tomography (CT) scan. A CT scan is a noninvasive imaging test that can very quickly generate exquisitely detailed images throughout the body using rotating x-rays. The purpose of using a CT scan is to detect the presence of lung nodules or other abnormalities. While some lung nodules may be benign, they can be indicators of lung disease or in some cases cancer. If a lung nodule is found it’s not abnormal for a physician to ask for further testing such as a biopsy. Only after a biopsy of a nodule is taken and tested can it be determined if the nodules are cancerous or indicators of other lung disease such as emphysema or CPD spell out. Screenings are conducted at Seton Imaging Center which is conveniently located on the hospital’s campus. Upon arrival at Seton Imaging you will check in with the front desk. You will then be asked to change into a gown and will be shown to the CT room. You will be asked to lie on your back as the CT ring passes over your chest. The entire process should last about a half an hour.
What happens after a lung screening?
Once your screening is complete the technician will show you to the changing room. From there you are free to leave. Our American College of Radiology Certified radiologists will carefully review the images taken during your visit and will compile a comprehensive report containing your results. This report will be sent to your primary care physician and Paula, the program’s Nurse Navigator, will contact you directly to review the results.
When will I know my results?
If any lung nodules or other indicators are found that require further testing then Paula will call you as soon as possible to inform you of your results and guide you through the steps required for further testing. She can also help you schedule an appointment in our Lung Center, which is made up of some of Maryland’s leading pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons. The team at the Lung Center utilizes the latest technology to biopsy lung nodules in the most minimally invasive way possible. The biopsy is usually acquired through fiber-optic bronchoscopy, which enables the pulmonologist to gain a tissue sample from the questionable spot in the lungs. If it is determined that you have benign lung disease then our team will work with you to determine the best course of treatment available depending on your diagnosis.
What if I have cancer?
If it is determined that your nodules are malignant or cancerous then Paula can help you schedule an appointment with our team at the Lung Center. The physicians at the Lung Center take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of lung cancer. Our team of primary care physicians, nurses, pulmonologists, radiologists, oncologists and thoracic surgeons create an individual plan to provide the best care for each patient. Lung cancer is often treated through thoracic surgery and can be coupled with chemotherapy, radiation or both. The thoracic surgeons at Saint Agnes are committed to removing the tumor while maintaining as much of the lung tissue and function as possible. Our thoracic surgeons work very closely with our pulmonary team to develop the most effective surgery plan. If diagnosed you will have access to the team as well as all that the Cancer Institute has to offer.