What is lung cancer screening, and why is it so important for me?
Tobacco smoking accounts for 85% of all lung cancer-related deaths and is the leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women. It is estimated that smoking tobacco will have resulted in 10 million deaths by 2020.
Our goal is to detect and treat lung cancer at its earliest stages before symptoms develop. By getting screened, patients can lengthen and improve their quality of life.
Lung cancer screening uses a low dose CT scan (LDCT) of the chest that uses minimal radiation to screen for a lung mass or nodule that could indicate lung cancer. Learn more about lung nodules.
According to the National Lung Screening Trial (2011), “there was a 20% decrease in lung cancer deaths when patients were screened with a low-dose CT scan instead of a standard chest x-ray.”
Who is eligible?
You are eligible if you:
- Are between the ages of 55-77.
- Have a >30 pack year smoking history.
- Are a current smoker or have quit smoking in the past 15 years.
- Have not received a chest CT scan in the last 12 months.
- Have no symptoms of lung cancer.
How do I get screened?
We accept self-referrals or referrals made by your primary care provider or specialist.
As part of self-referrals, you will be scheduled with our Nurse Practitioner, who will do a complete history and physical exam to assess your lung cancer risk. She will order your LDCT scan, if you meet eligibility, and then will develop with you an individualized treatment plan to help meet your goals and improve the quality of your life. To refer yourself online, fill out this form.
For patients being referred by their medical providers, call 855-WVU-CARE to refer the patient to Marquis Demniak, who will order the scan for you and make sure your patient is eligible for lung cancer screening. Based on the results, the provider determines follow up for further management and care. We can also schedule patients for an appointment with one of our certified tobacco cessation specialists to discuss treatment options to quit smoking.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover the cost for your LDCT scan, if you meet all eligible criteria.
WVU Medicine holds a Tobacco Cessation Clinic Tuesday through Friday. Patients will be provided with an individualized treatment plan along with behavioral and medication therapy, which research has proven to show a higher successful quit rate when used together compared to either one therapy alone. Patient progress will also be closely monitored and followed up on by telephone, appointment, or both. For more information, contact Marquis Demniak at 855-988-2273.
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Accredited by the American College of Radiology as a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.
For additional resources to quit tobacco use, contact the WV Quitline at 800-784-8669.