South Weymouth—March 29, 2013—South Shore Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging program is now offering lung cancer screening for high-risk patients, using low-radiation CT (computed tomography) technology. Patients must meet South Shore Hospital’s eligibility guidelines:
Current and former smokers with a history of 30 “pack years” of smoking—one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years; two packs of cigarettes a day for 15 years; three packs of cigarettes a day for 10 years.
55-74 years old.
No history of any cancer within the past five years.
Former smokers must have quit within the past 15 years.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the United States. An estimated 228,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year with an estimated 160,000 lung cancer deaths nationwide. At South Shore Hospital, our main goal in offering the screening program is to find cases of lung cancer earlier, when they can be more effectively treated.
The scans will be performed in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at South Shore Hospital and will be interpreted by board-certified radiologists. The screening chest CT scan is a quick, non-invasive, painless procedure—taking about 15 minutes to complete. All images and reports will be sent to your referring physician so that you can discuss options for follow-up care together.
Based on a recent study by the National Cancer Institute, called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), the results of using low-dose CT scans compared with chest x-ray to screen for lung cancer in patients within the inclusion criteria were found to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%. Due to current insurance limitations, the unique program offered to eligible patients is typically not covered by insurance. Instead, eligible patients may opt to pay for the service themselves at a cost of $350. The fee includes the low-dose chest CT screening and a follow-up visit with a thoracic surgeon to go over the results. Check with your primary care doctor about whether you should consider the scan.
For more information about South Shore Hospital’s lung cancer screening program, call (781) 624-4368.
South Shore Hospital is a 378-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.
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