Cancer Care

CT Lung Screening

Lung cancer is not only treatable, but potentially curable when diagnosed in its early stages. St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care is committed to providing the best technology available for early detection: low-dose CT lung screening.

This method has been shown to detect cancers not visible on chest x-rays. And more than 80% of lung cancers detected with a CT have been in the earliest stages - with a high probability of cure. The latest research shows that CT lung screenings can save lives, which is why many experts believe it should be a standard procedure for patients who are at high risk.

Lung Cancer Screening Brochure

Lung Cancer Data Report


If you believe you or a loved one may benefit from CT screening and you have further questions, please contact Susan Ledbetter via telephone at (707) 525-6648 or email at Lung.Screening@stjoe.org.

Lung Cancer Screening FAQ's

Scheduling

To schedule your CT lung screening, call (707) 525-4040.

Please note: To be eligible, you must receive a referral for the exam from your primary care physician (PCP) prior to your scheduled appointment. If you do not have a PCP or are unable to get a referral, we can help. Please refer to AnnadelMedicalGroup.com for further information about primary care physicians who are currently accepting new patients.

Should You Consider Lung Screening?

You should consider a lung screening if you are at risk for lung cancer.
  • Are you between the ages of:
    • 55 and 77 years old (for patients covered by Medicare)?
    • 55 and 80 years old (for patients covered by a private insurer)?
  • Are you currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years?
  • Have you smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you may be a candidate for a low-cost CT lung cancer screening. We also have a decision-making tool you can discuss with your Primary Care Provider.

What to Expect

CT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. It is also one of the easiest screening exams you can have. 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 six seconds while the chest scan is being taken.

More About CT Screening

Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we now have confirmation that CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer.

If you meet the criteria listed above, Medicare and most private insurers cover this type of screening at no out-of-pocket cost to you.

Questions About CT Screening

If you believe you or a loved one may benefit from CT screening and you have further questions, please contact Susan Ledbetter via telephone at (707) 525-6648 or email at Lung.Screening@stjoe.org.

Lung Cancer Screening FAQ's

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