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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women
Each year there are approximately 222,000 new cases of lung cancer dignosed in the U.S. (Source: American Cancer Society).
Known as the "silent killer", most cases of lung cancer are found in later stages, when treatment is less successful. To help find lung cancer earlier and increase the chances of long-term survival, Lung Cancer Sreening at Sunrise Hospital is offering low-cost computed tomography (CT) scans of the lungs for high-risk individuals. These screening CT scans use a lower dose of radiation than a regular CT scan and are non-contrast — no intravenous (IV) contrast dye required.
This scan could end up saving your life!
You should discuss the screening assessment with your physician prior to the CT scan. If, after completing the Lung Cancer Screening Assessment Tool you decide to pursue a screening CT scan, you will need to call (855) 445-2246. Each screening lasts approximately 15 minutes. Total appointment time is about 30 minutes.
CT's are performed in Sunrise's radiology department by trained technologists and read by a board certified radiologist who specializes in lung cancer.
Payment is due at time of service. This screening may or may not be covered by your insurance. There may be addiitonal cost for the physician portion of the screening which will be billed to you separately. Checks, VISA/MC or cash accepted.
Once you have had your lung cancer screening CT, your results will be sent to your physician via certified mail.
Please note that 30 to 40 percent of people undergoing lung cancer CT scans will show abnormal results. Most of these results will be noncancerous (benign) but abnormal scans require close followup and further testing.
According to the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), the use of spiral CT may reduce mortality rates by 20 percent rather than the conventional chest x-ray in older current or former heavy smokers. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and its partners conducted this trial to obtain the most reliable results possible about the potential benefits of lung cancer screening. The resuts of this study have provided sufficiant eveidence of the benefits of utilizing the CT scan to detect lung cancer.