SGCMH Lung Screening Program
Should you be screened for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Often the disease does not show symptoms until it has progressed to advanced stages, when it is difficult to treat and chances of survival decrease.
A low-radiation-dose CT scan can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages, making treatment both easier and more effective. Such screening is only appropriate for people who may be at higher risk for lung cancer due to their history of smoking.
The SGCMH Screening Program with Missouri Baptist
A low-dose CT scan of the chest looking for lung cancer is similar to a mammography screen for breast cancer. Both can detect cancer in its early stages and save lives. It is estimated that lung cancer deaths can be reduced by 20%, or up to 22,000 lives can be saved by this screen each year.
From your first call, you will work with a Nurse Navigator dedicated to the lung cancer screening program. Your navigator will help you set up your appointments and answer any questions you might have.
How is the screening performed?
The screening test is performed with a low-radiation-dose spiral CT located at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The CT scanner rotates around your body, while you lie still on a table that passes through the center of the scanner. The CT scan provides detailed images of the inside of your body, made by a computer that combines the x-ray images taken from different angles.
How long does it take?
The exam takes only a few minutes, and we strive to have you in and out in less than an hour.
How much will the screening cost?
Insurance companies may provide coverage to patients that meet the eligibility in Category 1. Check with your provider. You may be required to pay a deductible for co-insurance amount, which will be payable at the time of your test.
How quickly will I receive my results?
We’ll call you with your results on the next business day.
What happens if the test finds an abnormality?
If an abnormality is found, it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer. Small nodules and other abnormalities are found in about 1 in 5 screening CT scans. Most of these do not turn out to be cancer, but may require more testing (which is covered by insurances).
Your navigator will be available to discuss the results and help you plan your next steps.
IF CANCER IS FOUND
Cancer Care Personalized for You at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital
If cancer is found, your team will work with your primary care physician and you on a treatment plan. If you don’t have a primary care physician, your navigator can help you choose a provider.
The Alan P. Lyss Center for Cancer Care and Clinical Research
, located within the hospital, offers you the the very latest in treatment options, and the best trained professionals including a team of cancer specialists from the Cancer Center at Missouri Baptist, who bring their expertise to the Ste. Genevieve community.
Should you need more extensive care than what is available locally, our staff will coordinate your care with the Cancer Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Schedule an Appointment
To set up an appointment for a lung cancer screening test, call 1-855-399-LUNG (5864)
and speak to our patient navigator to schedule a lung screening CT exam. The navigator will guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have.
The program is in partnership with Missouri Baptist.