Lung Cancer Screening
Catch Cancer Early. Get a Lung Screening.
Catch lung cancer early when it’s easier to treat and more likely to be cured with a low-dose CT scan. If you’re at a high risk for lung cancer, this lung cancer screening could help you find lung abnormalities before symptoms appear. Take control of your health and get a noninvasive lung cancer screening today from Pella Regional, the region’s only Lung Cancer Screening Center designated by the American College of Radiology.
Benefits of a Lung Cancer Screening
If you're concerned that years of cigarette smoking may have led to lung cancer, it's best to find out sooner rather than later. A lung cancer screening:
- Reduces the number of deaths from lung cancer if you're high risk
- Often detects lung cancer at an earlier, more treatable, stage, leading to less lung tissue removal
- Is painless, noninvasive and fast, which is important if you struggle holding your breath.
Are You Eligible for a Lung Screening?
If you meet the following criteria for a high lung cancer risk, you’re eligible to get a low-dose CT scan:
- Between the ages of 55 and 80
- Currently smoke or quit within last 15 years Smoking history of 30 years or more (an average of one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
If you don’t meet the criteria for a screening and are concerned about the financial aspects of a screening, contact one of our patient advocates to walk you through the decision-making process.
What Is a Low-Dose CT Scan?
Many people with lung cancer don't have any symptoms when the cancer first starts. A CT scan lung screening uses a low dose of radiation to make detailed images of your lungs that identify small nodules or other abnormalities in your lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes while you're lying down, isn't painful, and can help catch lung cancer before it spreads outside the lungs.
While the test will expose you to low levels of radiation, it's a small amount and equivalent to what you'd pick up in the natural environment over a period of six months.
Risks of a Lung Cancer Screening
- Abnormal findings may require additional testing to determine whether cancer is present. This additional testing may come with an additional cost.
- Normal test results can occur even when lung cancer is present.
- When screening is done later in the disease process, the benefits of living longer and improved health become unlikely.
What Happens if the Screening Shows Cancer?
If an abnormality is found, you’ll be scheduled for a follow up appointment with Gerard Matysik, DO, board-certified pulmonologist at Pella Regional to determine next steps in treatment. In the event there is a cancer diagnosis, Pella Regional’s team of board-certified team of oncologists, infusion nurses and primary care physicians are available to provide for your optimal care with minimum travel.
Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator
We’ll make your lung cancer screening as easy and stress-free as possible at Pella Regional. In fact, once you’ve contacted us, our lung cancer screening coordinator gets the process moving for you. You’ll be contacted for additional information and to discuss details of the screening and possible eligibility. The coordinator is a constant presence for you and your family throughout the process to:
- Expedite the initial shared decision-making appointment to determine possible eligibility with Dr. Gerard Matysik, board-certified pulmonologist or your primary care provider
- Coordinate the screening appointment with medical imaging
- Coordinate any follow-up appointments needed in case of an abnormal result