Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in Louisiana.
Our Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team is aiming to reduce the number of cancer deaths by providing lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals. When caught early, about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer cases are curable, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. The Lung Team is comprised of specialists to ensure the highest quality, individualized care for every patient.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation stating high-risk patients should receive an annual low-dose CT scan, a type of x-ray, for detecting lung cancer at its earliest stages.
With this recent recommendation, the Cancer Center reduced the price of a lung cancer screening to $99, in hopes of encouraging more high-risk individuals to take advantage of this potentially life-saving opportunity.
Click here to read the press release.
Click here to view the brochure.
1. Learn the Risk Factors
People with a history of cigarette smoking have a high risk of lung cancer. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of possible lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase your risk.
2. Contact the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic
Your best chance at beating cancer is early detection. If you are over 50, consider getting a lung screening. For more information, please call the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic
at (225) 215-1515.
3. Be Screened
The screening test is performed with a low-dose spiral (helical) CT. The CT scanner rotates around your body while you lie still on a table that passes through the center of the scanner. The CT scan provides detailed images of the inside of your body, made by a computer that combines the x-ray images taken from different angles. The screening CT can be performed with a single short breath-hold and takes about 7-15 seconds.
Screening Participant Story: Why Lung Cancer Screenings are Important
After many years of smoking Lionel Kleinpeter didn’t want to take any further chances with his health. Lionel decided to get screened for lung cancer in hopes of catching the disease early if the results were positive. In this video he talks about the results of the screening and what he wants others to know about this important topic.
2014 National Lung Cancer Awareness Month Events:
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Join us for two local events in observance of this awareness month, sponsored by Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Mary Bird Perkins -- Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance:
Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil
Wednesday, November 19
6 - 7 p.m.
For more information on the vigil, click here.
Lung Cancer Survivors' Luncheon
Friday, November 21
12 - 1 p.m.
Events will be held at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave.
Please RSVP to (225) 927-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.