Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. Unfortunately only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed in the early stage disease when the chance for survival is greatest. 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. However, based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we now have confirmation that Low Dose CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer. The NLST determined the use of low-dose CT of the chest (LDCT) for screening can improve survival from early detection of lung cancer by as much as 20 percent.

You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening if you meet the high-risk criteria in one of the following recommended categories:

Category 1

  • You are between 55 and 74 years old
  • Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years; (1 packs per day for 30 years; 2 packs per day for 15 years, etc.)

Category 2

  • You are between 50 and 74 years old
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years (1 packs per day for 20 years; 1 ½ packs per day for 14 years etc.)
  • Have one additional lung cancer risk factor (not to include secondhand smoke exposure)

Risk factors for lung cancer include having cancer in the past, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, a family history of lung cancer and exposure to certain substances (including asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica and uranium). Your health care provider can help you determine if you have one of these other risk factors.

High Risk Lung Cancer Screening Program

Lung CancerDelta Medix is designated as an accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

At Delta Medix we have a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program to detect, treat and educate high risk individuals against lung cancer. As part of our Lung Cancer Screening Program:

  • You receive a Low Dose CT Scan (LDCT), which is read by a Board Certified Radiologist.
  • You will see a Delta Medix, Board Certified Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist.
  • If you are currently a smoker you will meet with a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) specializing in smoking cessation.
  • LDCT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure.
  • Most private insurers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) do not currently cover this type of screening, and the majority of hospitals and physician groups charge a self-pay rate for this exam.
  • Your consultation with the pulmonary specialist and the smoking cessation session with the CRNP most likely will be covered by insurance. We will let you know before we schedule your appointment.
  • In order to help anyone unable to afford a lung screening The Foundation for Cancer Care has a program offering free lung cancer screenings. In order to see if you are eligible for a free screening please call The Foundation for Cancer Care at 570-558-3594.

To Schedule a Screening

Patients interested in screening may call 1-855-5-Delta Docs (1-855-533-5823) between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, to complete a screening questionnaire and see if they qualify.