What is Lung Cancer Screening?
Screening is looking for Cancer before a person has any symptoms. Screening can help find a cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early it is easier to treat. It is important to remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer if he or she suggests a screening test.
Am I suitable for lung screening?
You may be suitable for Lung Screening if you are:
- Aged between 55 - 74.
- Current smoker with 30 pack-year history. For example this means you would have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years and so on.
- An ex smoker who has quit within the past 15 years.
What is Low dose CT
A low dose CT is a procedure that uses low dose radiation to make a series of very detailed pictures of areas inside the body. It uses an x ray machine to scan the body. Low dose CT of the chest has been proven to reduce the risk of death from lung cancer by at least 20% in patients who are at high risk.
- The Procedure
A low dose CT of the Chest involves lying on a flat table in a doughnut shaped scanner.
There are no injections.
The scan does not hurt and will only take a few minutes
- Following The Procedure
What if you do find Cancer?
At the Mater Private Hospital, our team includes lung specialists, surgeons, oncologists and nurses who can advise you on your treatment options, suitable to your situation.
What if everything is okay?
If your result shows no lung nodules were detected, you will be advised to return for annual screening every 2 years until otherwise indicated.
Research has shown that giving up tobacco smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your health. Quitting at any age greatly reduces your risk of getting lung cancer and many other cancers. The earlier you stop, the better the chance of reducing your risk.
If you are a smoker you will be advised to meet with our smoking cessation specialists when booking in for a Low Dose CT. During this appointment, yo can talk to us about the best strategies for quitting smoking.
The National Cancer Institutes' National Lung Screening Trial 2011, yielded a 20% reduction in lung cancer specific mortality as a result of Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) screening.