Lung Cancer Screening
CarePoint Health is now offering low-dose CT lung cancer screening at CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital, the first facility in Hudson County named an American College of Radiology (ACR) designated center for lung cancer screening, CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center and CarePoint Health- Hoboken University Medical Center.
Lung Cancer Assessment Tool
Take our free Lung Cancer Assessment online and see if you are at risk for Lung Cancer. If the assessment affirms that you are at risk for lung cancer and meet the U.S. Preventive Services guidelines for LDCT screening you will be promoted to schedule a call from one of our Nurse Navigators to tell you more about the LDCT screening program at CarePoint Health and to set up your screening appointment.
About lung cancer screening at CarePoint Health
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among both men and women. In the past, lung cancers were often discovered at late stages, when treatment was difficult or impossible. Now, new scans are making it easier to catch cancer earlier, giving patients more options for treatment and a better chance of survival.
The low-dose, computed tomography, or CT, scan is more effective at detecting early stage cancer than traditional chest x-ray and has five times less the radiation. This outpatient procedure takes about 30 minutes and requires no special medication or blood work.
Find out if you are eligible below. It’s quick, painless and just may save your life. As always, CarePoint Health is committed to comprehensive coordinated care and will guide you every step of the way.
Are you eligible?
Early detection is proven to help save lives of high-risk patients. In fact, the National Lung Screening Trial found that lung cancer deaths were decreased by 20 percent among current or former heavy smokers who were screened with low-dose computed tomography (CT) versus those screened by chest X-ray. Smoking is the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer with tobacco use accounting for 90 percent of lung cancers.
If you meet the following criteria, a screening is recommended:
- Are you between 55 and 80 years of age?
- Do you have a 30-pack year history? (To determine your “pack year history,” take the number of years you smoked and multiple that by the number of cigarette packs smoked each day.)
- Do you currently smoke or have you quit smoking less than 15 years ago?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, call (844) 494-LUNG Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm, EST to schedule an appointment. You will be assigned a nurse navigator who will walk you through the process from making an appointment to getting your results and coordinating any follow-up procedures.
What can I expect?
When you come in, your assigned nurse navigator will meet with you, assess your eligibility, and confirm that screening is right for you. If you don’t have a primary care physician, one will be assigned to you.
A CT scan uses X-rays to scan the entire chest in about 7 to 15 seconds. Low-dose CT scans have about five times less radiation than conventional scans and result in a series of highly detailed pictures of the lungs.
Your CarePoint nurse navigator will be with you every step of the way and our team of thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, and radiologists will direct you to any follow up care that is needed.
WHERE CAN I GET HELP QUITTING SMOKING?
If you smoke, you are 20 percent more likely than a non-smoker to develop lung cancer. Quitting smoking will significantly reduce your risk of developing lung cancer.
The National Institute of Health provides free information about stopping smoking at http://smokefree.gov or the Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848). At that phone number, NCI smoking cessation counselors can provide assistance with quitting smoking and answers to smoking-related questions in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm, EST.
Your CarePoint nurse navigator will also make referrals to local resources that can help you quit smoking.