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Don't Wait. The Time to Know is Now

Knowledge is power, and this knowledge could save your life. NCH believes this screening is so important, we are offering it at a reduced price of $189. For more information or to request a screening, call Lung Nurse Navigator Juli Aistars, RN, APN, AOCN, TTS, at 847-618-6572.

New Hope for High-Risk Smokers

Groundbreaking early lung cancer screening can catch cancer when it's most treatable

If you are a smoker or former smoker, your risks of getting lung cancer are much higher than average. Chances are, you think about it, worry about it—then push it out of your mind. After all, by the time they find lung cancer, it's probably too late, right? Not anymore.

Early Lung Cancer Screening at NCH

Now there is a safer, more affordable screening for early lung cancer. This quick and painless, low-dose CT scan enables doctors to search for signs of lung cancer at an earlier stage—when it's most treatable. Better yet, they might declare your lungs free of any cancer at all, so you can breathe easier. And, if you need to quit smoking, NCH has the tools and support you need to be successful, such as smoking cessation programs.

Based On a National Study

In November 2010, the preliminary results of a groundbreaking study were released that showed some remarkable results:

  • 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality among current or former heavy smokers when cancer was detected by a low-dose CT scan versus a chest X-ray.
  • Of those cancers detected during the trial, 40 percent were found at an early and treatable stage.

NCH quickly became one of the first hospitals in the Chicago area to launch a CT lung scan program in early 2011 for those who are at high risk for lung cancer.

Safer, Low-Dose CT Scans Reveal More Detail than X-rays

Traditional X-rays provide a 2-D view of the chest, showing the lungs as well as the heart, bone and soft tissue—all of which can mask abnormalities. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung scans create a detailed, 3-D image using a low dose of radiation, giving doctors a clearer, unobstructed view of the lungs—and the ability to detect tiny nodules often not visible on a chest X-ray.

Do You Qualify?

Since radiation is involved in all imaging, this scan is not for everyone. You must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the Early Lung Cancer Screening Program:

  • Age 50-74
  • Smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, OR
  • Smoked a pack a day for 20 years, or two packs a day for 10 years—along with an additional risk factor such as an immediate family member with lung cancer
  • Either currently smoking or quit within the past 15 years
  • No chest CT scan in the past year
  • No history of lung cancer
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer

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Last Updated 04/10/2009