Screening Program for Those at High Risk for Lung Cancer
People who are at high risk for lung cancer can take advantage of a lung cancer screening program offered at several of our facilities in North and Central Texas.
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, more than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers – combined.
A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute proved that screening people at high risk of lung cancer with low-dose CT scans reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent. This study estimates that early detection and treatment of lung cancer could save more than 70,000 lives a year.
Baylor Scott & White Health's lung cancer screening program offers those at high risk of lung cancer the opportunity to screen and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop through use of a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.
Lung Cancer Screening
- Simple, low-dose CT scan of the lungs – once the patient is on the table, the scan takes less than 5 minutes
- Radiologist on the medical staff reviews the scan and looks for signs of nodules that might indicate cancer
Candidates for the Screening
For Medicare to cover this screening annually, patients should:
- Be 55-77 years old
- Have a smoking history of 30 pack years – (number of packs per day x number of years smoked. i.e.: 1.5 packs/day for 20 years = 30 pack years)
- Be a current smoker or stopped smoking within the last 15 years
- Have no symptoms
Screening charges will be billed to the patient’s insurance plan for those who meet the screening criteria and have a physician’s order.
Ask your doctor if you qualify for the lung cancer screening; a physician's order is required. If you
need a physician, call 1.844.BSWDOCS (279.3627).
Lung Nodule Clinic
A Positive Lung CT Scan: Helping Patients Take the Next Step
Specialists on the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, provide crucial follow-up care and treatment guidance for patients who have had a lung nodule or lesion discovered by their physician on CT imaging or chest X-ray. The clinic’s team meets with the patient and provides comprehensive assessment, discussion and a plan of care. Clinic patients can expect:
- Weekly clinic providing easy access to multiple specialists in one location
- Full treatment plans with input from multiple specialists
- Follow-up evaluations/assessments over the long term
- A close working relationship with experienced oncology patient navigators
- Smoking cessation counseling (covered by most insurance plans)
- Potential reduction in mortality from lung cancer
If you have been diagnosed with a lung nodule or lesion, call 469.800.7370 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. Let us help you take the next step.