Technology helps provide an earlier diagnosis of lung cancer
Christian Hospital is the only health care provider in north St. Louis County -- and one of the only hospitals in the St. Louis region -- to provide low-dose CT diagnostic technology to help provide an earlier diagnosis of lung cancer. Studies show a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths when low-dose, non-contrasted CT imaging is used. The improvement is essentially due to earlier stage diagnosis and healing action for earlier stage cancer.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends low-dose CT scanning for people who fall into two high-risk categories for developing lung cancer.
- People 55 and older who have smoked a pack per day for 30 or more years, and who have not quit for 15 years
- People 50 and older who have smoked a pack per day for 20 years or more, and who have at least one additional risk factor (besides second-hand smoke), such as:
• Exposure to radon, asbestos, diesel fumes or heavy metals (welders)
• Having had certain other cancers or fibrosis of the lung
• Primary family members who’ve had lung cancer
These high-risk patients have a better chance of surviving the disease when utilizing the low-dose CT screening technique. Screenings are recommended to continue until the patient is 75 or until the patient is smoke-free for 15 years.
The National Cancer Institute sponsored the National Lung Screening Trial. Results of the trial were published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and reveal a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths when low-dose, non-contrasted CT imaging is used.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
- Persistent Cough
- Coughing blood of any amount
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Most often, these symptoms are caused by health problems other than lung cancer. If you have no symptoms of lung cancer but fall into one of the two high-risk groups mentioned above, discuss a low-dose CT scan at Christian Hospital with your doctor.
To schedule a low-dose CT lung cancer screening and get insurance pre-certification at Christian Hospital, call 314.653.4333