Medicare announced they will now cover Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening for patients aged 55-77 who are considered at high risk for lung cancer, including:
- Current smokers with a 30 pack-year pack history
- Patients who have quit smoking in the past 15 years and have a 30 pack-year history
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
Patients will need to see their physician to obtain a written order for the Low-Dose CT lung cancer screening.
Lung cancer is often not detected until the patient begins experiencing symptoms, when the cancer is more difficult to treat.The overall cure rate of lung cancer is approximately 12%, while the cure rate for Stage I (small nodule) cancers is 70-80%.Lung cancer is currently the deadliest of all cancers, responsible for more deaths than breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers combined.
The goal of the Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screeningis to save lives through early detection. It is recommended on an annual basis for high-risk patients.
Allergy Sleep & Lung Care provides Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening with a streamlined referral process and convenient scheduling for your patients.
What if the CT scan reveals a nodule?
If your patient’s CT scan reveals a nodule, Allergy Sleep & Lung Care offers Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ using the superDimension™ Navigation System to confirm a lung disease diagnosis and begin treatment.
The LungGPS™ technology provides a minimally invasive approach to accessing difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, which can aid in the diagnosis of lung disease and thereby lead to earlier, personalized treatment – potentially saving lives.