Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

CT for Lung Cancer Screening

cigarette-string.jpgAre you at risk for developing lung cancer?

If so, early detection through a lung cancer CT screening exam could help save your life.

CT Lung Cancer Screening Criteria

If you fit the criteria listed below, you are likely to qualify and benefit from a low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. To learn more, talk with your primary care physician about the risks and benefits of this valuable screening tool if you...

  • Are between the ages of 55 and 77 years old
  • Are a current smoker or previous smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (1 pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years)

If you have any of the following symptoms, you are not a current candidate for lung cancer screening, but you should make an appointment with you doctor to discuss your symptoms.

  • New or changing cough
  • Shortness of breath that you’ve never felt before
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain
  • Fever

What is Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening?

This non-invasive, painless low-dose procedure screens the lungs for cancer. It is performed on a computed tomography (CT) and can detect smaller modules or cancer better than a traditional chest x-ray.

Why Should I Get Screened?

If you are determined to be at high-risk for lung cancer, early detection can save your life and has been tied to significantly better outcomes/survival rates. Unfortunately, three out of four patients with lung cancer have incurable, locally advanced or metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis, leading to poor survival rates. When lung cancer is detected at its earliest stage and treated surgically, survival rates are around ten times better than those diagnosed with Stage IV disease.

How do I schedule the procedure?

A CT lung cancer screening requires a physician’s order. Therefore, you are encouraged to discuss the benefits of a lung cancer screening with your primary care physician. Once your physician has ordered the screening, you can schedule an appointment with your imaging provider of choice.