Comprehensive care and individual treatment plans to combat lung cancer
If you are battling lung cancer, you want an entire team in your corner. You want the best approach, the latest clinical trials and experience to help create a treatment plan for you - to beat your cancer.
The team creating your individual treatment plan
The Lung Clinic at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital brings together specialists in oncology, nutrition, radiation, physical therapy and behavioral health to craft a treatment plan for you and your specific cancer. The multidisciplinary team includes experts in the fields of:
- Pulmonary medicine
- Thoracic surgery
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Thoracic radiology
Lung cancer screening and low-dose CT scans
Lung cancer kills more men and women worldwide than any other cancer. Catching lung cancer early when it is easier to treat can improve the chances of remission or cure. If you have risk factors for lung cancer, such as a history of smoking, talk with your doctor about whether you should consider having a lung cancer screening.
Methodist Jennie Edmundson offers lung cancer screenings, including low-dose CT scans. If you are eligible for a lung cancer screening, you will receive a low-dose computed tomography scan (also called a low-dose CT scan or LDCT). In this test, the CT scanner uses low-dose X-rays to take detailed images of your lungs. The test takes only about a minute, and you will learn the results within 24 hours.
Should I be screened?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening for people who:
- Have a history of heavy smoking, and
- Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
- Are between 55 and 80 years old
How can I get screened?
Discuss your concerns and lung cancer risk factors with your doctor. If you meet the eligibility requirements your doctor can refer you for an exam.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No preparation is needed. You do not need to fast or get an injection. During the scan, you will simply be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds. If you have had prior chest CT scans, notify your doctor and get copies of the results so your radiologist can use them to tell if a finding is new or stable.