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Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer

New lung cancer screening technology


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths
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A multidisciplinary team of doctors reviews each screening.
 in the Tri-State, and Deaconess is continually seeking new treatments and technology for fighting this and other cancers. Early detection is vital for the successful treatment of lung cancer.

For example, studies have shown that annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) screenings can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% and even reduce all-cause mortality by 7%. That’s where Deaconess Oncology’s new low-dose CT screening technology can help.

With this screening, doctors are able to detect lung cancers in the earliest stages, meaning better potential treatment outcomes for patients. Our new low-dose CT scanner ensures minimal radiation exposure during the screening.

Screening Guidelines

If you are age 55–74 and are a current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years, you may be a candidate for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Patients who meet these guidelines can call 812-858-2268 to find out if they qualify for a screening.

Scheduling a screening

A physician order is required for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. We are happy to help candidates obtain a physician’s order.

Will my insurance pay for the low-dose CT screening?
Due to clinical studies that show the effectiveness of this exam, insurance companies are quickly adding low dose CT screening for lung cancer to the services they cover. However, it varies by insurance plan and payor.

Deaconess will work with your insurance to determine if you are covered for this important screening and bill your insurance appropriately. If your insurance does not yet cover this service, Deaconess will work with you on affordable payment options, because we want this life-saving service to be available to as many people as possible.


Nurse Navigator

Mary Gaffney, RN, Deaconess Cancer Services Nurse
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Mary Gaffney, RN, Deaconess Oncology nurse navigator
 Navigator, works with each patient in a compassionate and caring manner. She serves as a convenient, complimentary single point of contact between the entire Deaconess Oncology team and you and your family. Mary’s knowledge and special training are available to you from the first moment of diagnosis to help with any questions you might have.

Mary can help you with scheduling your appointments and can meet with you to help you understand your individualized treatment plan.

She can explain unfamiliar terms and concepts, guide you through the entire treatment process, and help you take advantage of the many resources available to you through Deaconess Health System.

Results

The screening results will be reviewed by Deaconess Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board doctors with the following specialties:
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Thoracic Surgery
Participants will be notified of their results.

For More Information To schedule a screening, or if you have questions, please call 812-858-2268.

To learn more about low-dose CT lung cancer screening, please visit the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Web site at nccn.com