For more information, or to find out if you qualify, call our Oncology Nurse Navigators at 502-227-3131.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. It claims more lives than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Early detection can lead to better outcomes, but most lung cancer is undetected until symptoms occur. Symptoms such as persistent cough, shortness of breath, bloody mucous, and unexplained weight loss can occur as the cancer progresses.
Tobacco smoking remains the primary cause of lung cancer, although anyone, including non-smokers, can contract the disease from some combination of genetics, radon or asbestos exposure, air pollution, or secondhand smoke. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation or a combination of options. The number one prevention for lung cancer is to quit smoking, or never start.
Early detection remains the key to better outcomes. To assess your risk for lung or thoracic cancer, take advantage of screenings offered at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. The lung cancer screening includes a low-radiation-dose CT scan and, if indicated, an appointment with one of our lung or thoracic specialists. You'll benefit from some of the most advanced screening practices in Central Kentucky, including:
- Multiple early and accurate screening options for those at risk of lung cancer
- Prompt diagnosis and effective treatment that improves outcomes
- Advanced lung and thoracic surgery by our experienced surgeons to reduce risk and enhance survival
Low Dose CT Lung Screening Program
Early lung cancer screening is done when a person is not symptomatic but is considered at high-risk for developing lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths in men and women. It claims more lives than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.
The goal of screening is to find cancer early when it’s more treatable and even curable.
Lung cancer screening is recommended for individuals who meet ALL of the below criteria:
- Between the ages 55-77 covered by Medicare and most commercial insurances
- Current Smoker or Former Smoker that Quit within 15 years
- 30 or more “pack year”* history of smoking
* A pack year is a way to measure the amount of smoking an individual has done over a period of time. A 30 pack years history of smoking is equivalent to smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 year. You can calculate the number of cigarettes you’ve consumed via the American Cancer Society’s cigarette calculator.
Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans are used to screen for lung cancer. These scans are similar to CT scans but use a lower dose of radiation to create the images of the lungs.
Low Dose CT screening is covered by Medicare for those individuals that meet the high risk criteria. Most commercial insurance companies are covering this service as well, however, it is recommended to check with your individual insurance carrier for coverage.
Speak with your provider about if this screening test is right for you. An order is required to be screened.
Your ordering physician will be notified of the screening results. If the results are abnormal, your physician will coordinate the appropriate follow up appointments and care. The patient will also receive a letter regarding the results and recommendations for follow up. We have a multidisciplinary team of lung specialists at Frankfort Regional Medical Center to assist you if needed.
The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. Frankfort Regional Medical Center and the Franklin County Health Department coordinate together to provide American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking classes. For more information, call (502) 564-5559. You can also call The Kentucky Tobacco Quit-line at 800-QUIT-NOW.