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Lung Cancer Screening Program

Scr​eening program for those at high risk for lung cancer

A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute proved that screening people at high risk of lung cancer with low-dose CT scans reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent. This study estimates that early detection and treatment of lung cancer could save more than 70,000 lives a year.

Baylor Scott & White Health's lung cancer screening program offers those at high risk of lung cancer the opportunity to screen and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop through the use of a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan that takes less than five minutes.

A referral from a primary care doctor is required to schedule a low-dose lung scan. Talk to your doctor to see if you qualify for or need a low-dose lung CT scan.


Lung cancer screening criteria


Screening charges will be billed to the patient’s insurance plan for those who meet the screening criteria and have a physician’s order.​


For Medicare to cover this screening annually, patients should:

  • Be 55-80 years old
  • Have a smoking history of 30 pack years – (number of packs per day x number of years smoked. i.e.: 1 pack/day for 20 years = 20 pack years)
  • Be a current smoker or stopped smoking within the last 15 years
  • Have no symptoms

Talk to your doctor if you meet the screening criteria to determine if you need a low-dose lung CT scan.

A positive lung CT scan: Helping patients take the next step

Specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White facilities provide crucial follow-up care and treatment guidance for patients who have had a lung nodule or lesion discovered by their physician on CT imaging or chest X-ray.

The teams meet with the patient and provide comprehensive assessment, discussion and a plan of care.


Lung cancer screening locations

Barney Brinkmann: The mailer caught my eye. The CT screening caught my lung cancer.

Real Patients. Real Stories

It was just a postcard, but for Barney Brinkmann, the Baylor Scott & White mailer was a godsend. It recommended lung cancer screening for some former smokers. Barney fit the criteria. "I should do this," he decided, despite having no symptoms. It's a good thing he did. His CT scan revealed what turned out to be cancer.

Days later, he had surgery to remove part of one lung. "If the tumor had grown just a few millimeters larger, I would have needed chemo too." Barney's happy to report that he's currently free of disease. "The postcard said early detection of lung cancer could help save about 70,000 lives a year. That's why I'm spreading the word."

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