About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to leading-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
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Lung cancer screening
A lung cancer screening is intended to identify lung cancer at an early stage, when treatment is often less invasive and more effective. Lung screening, like other forms of cancer screening, is recommended as an annual exam for high-risk individuals.
Screening for lung cancer involves a low-dose CT (CAT) scan, which takes a picture of your lungs. This type of screening is fast, painless and non-invasive.
Who should get a lung cancer screening?
Screenings are recommended for certain groups of people who are at high risk for lung cancer, including:
- People who are between 50 and 80 years old
- Those who have at least a 20 pack-year smoking history and are current smokers or have quit within the past 15 years
Lung cancer screening is covered by most insurance providers as a preventive service for individuals at high risk. Ask your healthcare provider to order the exam if you think you may qualify. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage.
What happens after the screening?
The results of your screening exam will be made available to you and your physician, who will discuss any concerning findings. With your permission, your doctor will also consult with a multidisciplinary team of lung experts, including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists. These specialists review each unique case as a team and draw from their individual expertise to create the most comprehensive, targeted and effective treatment plans for patients.
Comprehensive lung nodule screening program
Patients often undergo CT scans for various conditions and injuries. In some cases, these scans find something different than or in addition to what the patient was originally being treated for. These are called “incidental findings” and they can literally save patients’ lives.
Medical City Plano uses proprietary software that reads radiology reports looking for keywords such as “nodule.” The identification of incidental lung nodules or other suspicious findings can help detect lung cancers before symptoms appear, when they’re at an earlier stage and when they’re often more treatable.
Patients and their physicians are then notified about potential conditions that may need additional follow-up, resulting in better outcomes.
Medical City Center for Lung Health
4001 W. 15th Street, Suite 160
Plano, TX 75093
Lung cancer at Medical City Healthcare
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Beginning as a growth of abnormal cells, the cancer grows to form a tumor, interfering with lung function. Lung cancer is treated through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Those who smoke cigarettes have an increased risk for lung cancer.Learn about Lung cancer