Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Offers Lung Cancer Screenings | New
HUNTINGTON – The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a lung cancer screening clinic on the third Monday of every month from 8 a.m. to noon. Eligible patients can plan without a doctor’s referral.
According to the American Cancer Association, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. If lung cancer is caught early, when it’s small, and before it spreads, it is more likely to be treated successfully.
âLung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans can identify cancer cells earlier and reduce lung cancer deaths by up to 20% or more,â said Molly Brumfield, RN, BSN, MBA, OCN, Head of Medical and Surgical Programs at ECCC, in a press release. âWe developed this clinic to allow qualified people to undergo screening without an initial referral from a doctor.
To be eligible, patients must be between the ages of 55 and 72 and be either an active smoker or a former smoker who quit within the past 15 years.
âIt starts with a phone call to our nurse navigator,â Brumfield said in the statement. “The browser pre-filters the eligibility criteria and schedules an appointment.”
According to Brumfield, the provider performs an examination of the patient and provides advice on smoking, if applicable. The patient is then scheduled for a low dose pulmonary CT scan. Once completed, the provider follows up with the patient to review the results and develop a plan of care.
âThe most important step is to get tested early,â she said. “Symptoms of lung cancer often don’t appear until the disease is already at an advanced stage.”
Lung cancer screening is covered by Medicare and many private health insurance plans, the release said. For more information on eligibility, call 304-399-6770.