Medday Thursday: Early Lung Cancer Detection

Mercy Oncology offers low-dose CT scans

Find out how low-dose CT scans are helping to improve the outcome for the number one cancer-killer in the United States! In this Medday Thursday segment KOAM’s Michael Hayslip sits down with Catrina Gilstrap from Mercy’s Oncology Department to find out the latest on early detection for lung cancer.

Q: Who is eligible for low-dose CT screenings?
A. Current or former smokers with a 30 pack-year history or more; If they are a former smoker who quit in the last 15 years; Must be between the ages of 55 & 77.

Q. How do they get it scheduled?
A. If this is the first low-dose CT scan, they need to have a face-to-face conversation with their primary care provider to discuss screening and if they are eligible and willing to proceed. Depending on the findings, repeat studies are recommended annually or more often.

Q. Why should they get screened?

A. Lung cancer is the number one cancer-killer in the US and that holds true in our communities as well. Early detection of lung cancers improves outcomes.

Q. How are lung cancer levels in the Four-State Area?

A. Much of the region has higher than average levels of lung cancer.


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