Screening for Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a highly treatable disease, if detected early. The best way to ensure early detection is through scheduling regular lung cancer screenings.
At Bassett Healthcare Network, we recommend our patients get tested for lung cancer once a year. The screening itself is simple and quick, with a low-dose CT scan of your chest. This service is offered at Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, O’Connor Hospital, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, and Lab/Medical Imaging at FoxCare.
To receive a lung cancer screening through the Bassett Cancer Institute, schedule an appointment with your primary care practitioner. If you meet the qualifications, your primary care physician or practitioner will refer you for a screening with one of our specialists.
Lung Cancer Risk Factors
Your primary care practitioner can refer you for a lung cancer screening if you meet the following criteria set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
- You are between the ages of 55 and 77
- You currently smoke cigarettes, or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
- You have a smoking history of at least 1 pack a day for 30 years
- You have a family history of lung cancer
Lung Cancer Tests
A low-dose CT scan is a painless, safe procedure, with no medications or IVs required. During the exam, you’ll lie motionless on a table that glides into the scanner. The imaging machine will slowly rotate around your body, capturing detailed images of your lungs. The appointment usually take less than 30 minutes.
If the scan shows any possible cancers, your multidisciplinary cancer team of pulmonologists, radiologists, and oncologists, will determine which treatment plan will work best for you. A nurse navigator will work with you to answer any questions and find any cancer resources that can help you on your journey to recovery.
Learn More About Lung Cancer Screenings
Early detection matters. To learn more about our lung cancer screening program, contact your Bassett Healthcare Network primary care practitioner at 1-800-BASSETT and learn if you qualify for a lung cancer test.
Bassett Healthcare Network offers lung cancer screening tests in Central New York, including Oneonta, Cobleskill, Cooperstown, Little Falls, and Delhi.