Mercy Cancer Center and its physician partners are committed to creating a healthier tomorrow for the communities they serve. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has found that having a low-dose CT of the chest in patients at high risk for developing lung cancer reduces their mortality by 20 percent. As a result of NCI findings, Mercy Cancer Center has created a Lung Cancer Screening Program for individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer. Mercy's lung cancer screening program works to detect lung cancer at its earliest stages and help patients get access to life-saving care as quickly as possible. Mercy’s dedicated Lung Coordinator works in collaboration with expert pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons to evaluate participants for lung cancer risk, schedule those at high risk for screening tests (CT scans), and assure referrals for necessary follow-up care are made with minimal delays.
Mercy has been designated a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Designated Screening Centers of Excellence have committed to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening, and to comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has developed Guidelines to screen for individuals who may be at high risk.
- 55-77 years of age
- Have a 30 pack/year history of smoking = number of years smoked multiplied by packs smoked per day
- Are currently smoking or have quit within the last 15 years
If you have a personal or family history of lung cancer, you may also be at high risk.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
If you meet the criteria as high risk for lung cancer and decide to enroll in the program, please contact the Program Coordinator at 1-855-218-LUNG(5864). The Coordinator will provide you with additional information about the program and help you schedule the test. Your screening results will be shared with a multidisciplinary team of physicians who will work together and with you to determine the best next steps for your lung health.
Note: if you are a Medicare patient, please talk with your physician to determine if lung cancer screening is right for you. If you and your physician decide it is appropriate, your physician will provide you with a written order for the test. Once an order is obtained, you may contact the Program Coordinator at 1-855-218-LUNG(5864).
For a list of other lung cancer risk factors please call the Mercy Cancer Center at 1-855-218-LUNG(5864) and ask to speak with the Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator.
To participate in the program, you must not have any current symptoms or signs of lung cancer. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, find out more about Mercy Lung Cancer Clinic.