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McLaren Port Huron Lung Cancer Screening

Early Detection For Lung Cancer

More comprehensive cancer care at McLaren Port Huron

If you smoke, or used to be a heavy smoker, your chances of developing lung cancer are 25 times higher than a non-smoker. But if you do develop lung cancer, your chances of successful treatment and survival are much higher if the cancer is found early.

McLaren Port Huron offers low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screenings. This test helps detect lung cancer in its earliest stages in those who are considered high risk. It’s a CT image of your lungs, using a lower amount of radiation than standard CT scans.

To be eligible, patients must be the following:

  • Age 55-77
  • Asymptomatic of lung cancer (showing no signs or symptoms)
  • A current smoker, or a former heavy smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
  • Have a 30+ pack-year tobacco smoking history
    • Pack-Years Formula

             Number of years smoked
        X   Average number of packs per day
        =    Pack-Years

  • Have not had a chest CT in the past 12 months

Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening - LDCT

Low-dose lung cancer screening is covered by Medicare and some private insurance plans. Check with your insurance plan to see if the cost of the test will be covered. Talk with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for this screening test. An order from your physician is required to schedule the screening. In order to receive an order for the screening, patients must meet with their physician to discuss potential risks, benefits, further work-up, and annual follow-up as a result of the low-dose CT.

If you have any questions:

If you require a lung cancer screening, ask your physician about having this performed at McLaren Port Huron. Below is an order form to have your physician complete.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in the United States, lung cancer is the leading cause of death, more than prostate, breast, and colon cancers combined. Current and former smokers develop lung cancer at a rate 25% higher than non-smokers.

Continued evidence regarding the benefits of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) as a diagnostic test for lung cancer has prompted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take action. Consequently, effective Feb. 5, 2015, CMS agreed to start reimbursing for annual LDCT screenings provided that patients meet certain criteria. Additionally, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has given lung cancer screening a grade B. Ultimately, under the Affordable Care Act, this means most private insurers must cover (with no co-pays or deductible costs) annual lung cancer screenings for qualifying individuals at high risk of the disease. A prior authorization may be required by your insurer.

Want to quit smoking?

McLaren Port Huron is offering a class to help you quit smoking. You can register for the No Butts About It class online. For more information go to our Smoking Cessation page or call HealthAccess at 1 (800) 228-1484

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At McLaren Greater Lansing, You're Never Alone

Cancer can be concerning, even overwhelming. But, you need to know that McLaren Lung Cancer Institute is designed to help you fight the disease, on a medical and personal level.

The McLaren Lung Cancer Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to advanced medical, radiological and surgical oncology treatments, and a patient navigator program to reduce the "door to therapy" time and empower people diagnosed with cancer to tackle the disease. 

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women, and is the most common cause of death among those with cancer. It usually affects those over 50 with a history of lung-related illnesses. Lung cancer now claims the lives of more women than even breast cancer. More than 164,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Loss of weight and appetite
  • Shortness of breath and chest pains

When these symptoms do appear, lung cancer is usually in an advanced stage. While lung cancer appears to be on the decline among white and black men, it continues to rise among women of both races. Doctors estimate that because smoking is the most common cause, up to 80% of lung cancer cases could be prevented. Lung cancer takes many years to develop, but changes in the lung can begin almost immediately upon exposure to cancer-causing substances.

Second-hand smoke is another important cause of lung cancer, and is attributable to 3,000 deaths annual of those who never picked up a cigarette. Studies show that those who stop smoking can cut the risk of lung cancer in half. Exposure to radon gas, asbestos, uranium, arsenic, and certain petroleum products can also lead to lung cancer. Treatments range from radiation therapy to chemotherapy and surgery.

Multidisciplinary Approach

The goal of the McLaren Lung Cancer Institute's multidisciplinary approach is to provide seamless coordination of care by bringing together a team of experts to develop and implement patient-specific treatment plans using evidence-based medicine. The talented team of physicians includes pulmonologists, oncologists, surgeons from McLaren Greater Lansing Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the leading cancer care provider in the state. Among options for treatment includes robotic-assisted thoracic surgery. McLaren Greater Lansing is mid-Michigan's only source for this minimally invasive procedure. 

Patient Navigator Program

Becky Loomis RN, BSN

In addition to providing high-quality cancer treatment with state-of-the-art technology, Our goal is to make care as personalized and as patient-centric as possible, so all patients feel empowered to tackle their disease. To achieve this, our Patient Navigator Program features a dedicated registered oncology nurse who works to guide you through the treatment process, ensuring you receive seamless, coordinated care, along with any other necessary support services.

Specifically, the patient navigator seeks to:

  • Address your questions and concerns
  • Help you complete insurance forms
  • Identify ways to pay for care if you don't have insurance
  • Help you with transportation, if needed
  • Direct you to further health care services
  • Identify helpful local resources and support services
  • Help you track appointments
  • Act as a resource for helpful health care information

Becky Loomis, RN, BSN
Phone: (517) 975-8030
Fax: (517) 975-3060