Finding Lung Cancer in Its Earliest Stages
For men and women alike, lung cancer remains the number-one cancer killer in the U.S., topping deaths from prostate, breast, pancreatic and colon cancer combined. Until recently, however, there were no effective tools to screen people who are at increased risk of lung cancer.
Today, new research shows that low-dose CT screening can detect lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. UConn Health is proud to offer this screening test through its Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics.
What Is Low Dose CT Screening?
A Computed Tomography scan (CT scan, also called a CAT scan) uses computer-controlled x-rays to create cross-sectional images of the body. The low dose CT scan of the lungs is swift, painless, and involves a minimal amount of radiation exposure. You can eat before and after the test and you will not receive any medications. In fact, you do not even need to change your clothing, as long as there is no metal in your clothes.
Who Is Eligible for Screening?
According to the American College of Chest Physicians, your risk of lung cancer increases if you are:
- Age 55 - 74
- Current smoker or a former smoker who quit within 15 years
- Smoked 1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years (the number of packs per day times the number of years smoked should be 30 or above)
A family history of lung cancer or additional risk factors may also be considered. Your physician can help you determine if this screening test is right for you.
How Can I Schedule a Test?
The first step is to call UConn Health at 860-677-LUNG or 800-535-6232 to discuss your health history and answer a few questions. Our nurse navigator, Patti Ardolino, will call you back to discuss your eligibility for the screening test.
An order for the test must be placed by your primary care doctor; the nurse navigator can help you secure clearance from your physician.
Need a Primary Care Doctor?
If you do not have a primary care doctor, our nurse navigator can help establish a provider for you either within the UConn Health network or in your community.
Is There a Cost?
The cost of the screening is $100 which may be covered by your insurance. The nurse navigator can help you determine if your insurance will cover the cost.
Have Questions About the Lung Cancer Screening?
Again, start by calling UConn Health at 860-677-LUNG or 800-535-6232 to find out if you or a loved one is eligible for this test.
Need to Quit Smoking? Help Is Here.
UConn Health offers smokers several options to help them walk away from cigarettes for good. Our nurse navigator can help you find a program that’s right for you.
- Several times a year, UConn Health offers a seven-week Freedom From Smoking Program through the American Lung Association.
- There are several ongoing clinical trials for women and men that are looking at ways to help smokers quit – and improve their health.
Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for You?
To determine whether you should consider having lung cancer screening, call 860-677-LUNG or 800-535-6232.
For more information, call 860-677-LUNG or 800-535-6232.
Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030