If your loved one is a heavy smoker and over 55 years old, encourage them to get a lung scan to find out their risk for cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death not only in the U.S., but also throughout the state. Both the incidence rate and mortality rate of lung cancer in Indiana are well above the national averages at 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively, accounting for thousands of Hoosier deaths every year. A 2011 National Cancer Institute-sponsored trial demonstrated that our screening technique has the ability to detect smaller nodules than X-rays or standard CT scans. The result is a 20 percent decrease in lung cancer mortality.
Recent studies show that a low-dose CT scan is the leading-edge tool to help physicians spot lung cancer early – or help keep you lung cancer-free if the test shows no evidence of the disease.
“By offering these low-cost, low-dose CT scans to those most vulnerable of developing lung cancer, we are giving patients an opportunity to find out their lung health and position them in a place where they have more control.” – Muhammad Ali, Pulmonologist, IU Health Arnett.
Complete the following information and an IU Health professional will contact you about scheduling your scan within 48 hours.
While you might not currently be eligible for a lung scan, it's encouraged that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor to discuss your risk for lung cancer if you haven't done so recently.
PROVIDERS: To make a referral, please fax us this form.
Patients call and if not answered they are called back to go over eligibility and get scheduled for a scan at the location of their choice. They will also receive some additional paperwork to fill out prior to their appointment.
Patients are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their appointment for check in. A Thoracic PA reviews tobacco cessation strategies and then they are taken back to complete the painless, non-invasive scan and are free to go when it's over.
The doctor reviews the results within the week and follows up with the patient in a phone call. The results of the scan, which can detect nodules as small as 2mm, are also sent to the patient in the mail.
Follow up procedures vary depending on the results of the scan. Our unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives our patients access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. This commitment distinguishes IU Health from other cancer centers.
“The best thing you can do is quit,” explains Dr. Ceppa. “For patients who have already started smoking, we as physicians completely understand how hard it is to quit, but it’s never too late. Whether you’ve been smoking for 10 years, 20 years or 50 years, if you quit now, you will benefit. Your risk for developing lung cancer will decrease as the years go by as your lungs recover.”