Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Often the disease does not show symptoms until it has progressed to advanced stages, when it is difficult to treat and chances of survival decrease.
A low-radiation-dose CT scan can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages, making treatment both easier and more effective. Such screening is only appropriate for people who may be at higher risk for lung cancer due to their history of smoking.
A low-dose CT scan of the chest to screen for lung cancer is like a mammography screening for breast cancer. Both can detect cancer in its early stages and save lives. It is estimated that lung cancer deaths can be reduced by 20%, or up to 22,000 lives can be saved by this screen each year.
From your first call, you will work with a Nurse Navigator dedicated to the lung cancer screening program. Your navigator will help you set up your appointments and answer any questions you might have.
How is the screening performed?
The screening test is performed with a low-radiation-dose spiral CT. The CT scanner rotates around your body, while you lie still on a table that passes through the center of the scanner. The CT scan provides detailed images of the inside of your body, made by a computer that combines the x-ray images taken from different angles.
How long does it take?
Each exam takes only a few minutes, and we strive to have you in and out in less than an hour.
How much will the screening cost?
Your out-of-pocket cost will be $200, payable at the time of your test. Some insurance companies may provide coverage, check with your provider.
How quickly will I receive my results?
We’ll call you with your results on the next business day.
What happens if the test finds an abnormality?
If an abnormality is found, it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer. Small nodules and other abnormalities are found in about 1 in 5 screening CT scans. Most of these do not turn out to be cancer. You may require additional testing (which is covered by most insurances). A MoBap team professional will discuss your next steps with you and answer any questions you may have.
What happens if cancer is found?
If cancer is found, your team will work with your primary care physician and you on a treatment plan. If you don’t have a primary care physician, our navigator can help you choose a provider.
Cancer Care at Missouri Baptist
You’ll want the very latest in treatment options, the best trained professionals including a team of top doctors, and the most advanced cancer-fighting technology. The multidisciplinary team of health-care professionals at the Cancer and Infusion Center at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital work with the physicians at the Cancer Center at Missouri Baptist in St. Louis to provide you with the most advanced treatments available, including clinical trials.
Schedule an Appointment
To set up an appointment for a lung cancer screening test, call 1-855-399-5864 and speak to our patient navigator to set up a lung screening CT exam. The navigator will guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have.