Screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT (LDCT) is available at Centegra Health System!
Lung cancer continues to cause more deaths in the United States among men and women than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined
It was reported that in McHenry County, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among men and women ages 45–74 years of age.
The 2011 multicenter National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) demonstrated a 20 percent lung cancer specific mortality benefit in the LDCT screening group.
Centegra began a free LDCT lung cancer screening program for the benefit of your patients and our community in November 2013. To schedule CT lung screening, call 815-334-5566.
List of locations that offer LDCT.
Who should be screened?
- Patients ages 55 to 74 with a 30 pack-year history of smoking. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
- Patients who meet criteria should be screened annually
- Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible.
- If your patient is a candidate our navigator will contact you for an order.
To help you advise your patients, answer their questions and guide their follow-up care, I am enclosing selected articles of importance that have led to the current guidelines as well as a copy of the guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which we are using in our program.
As the lung cancer screening process has only recently begun in earnest in this country and with recent endorsement for screening using LDCT by the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), I expect rapid evolution of guidelines in the near future as various other professional societies publish their opinions.
If you have any questions or comments about the LDCT lung cancer screening program at Centegra, please do not hesitate to contact John J. Guido, MD @ 815-759-4262.
Freedom from smoking classes are offered at several times throughout the year at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers in Crystal Lake and Huntley as well as Centegra Hospital-McHenry. For more information or to register, call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
Referral form for Low Dose Ct screening for Lung cancer