Lung Cancer Screening Program
Sarah Cannon and North Suburban Medical Center have teamed to offer Lung Cancer Screening for individuals at high-risk. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2,500 new lung cancer cases will be diagnosed in Colorado this year. Low-dose CT screening has been shown to be successful in detecting lung cancer at an earlier stage when it can be more effectively treated.
Who is eligible for screening?
The criteria recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force have been adopted by HealthONE for our screening program. People between the ages of 55 and 80 who have smoked at least 30-pack years are eligible for annual screening, even if they have quit during the past fifteen years. Pack-years are calculated by multiplying the number of packs smoked per day by the number of years a person has smoked. People with current symptoms of lung cancer are not eligible.
How does the program work?
Patients can self-refer but a physician order is necessary. When a person calls HealthONE, they will be screened for eligibility and if eligible, referred to a Lung Nurse Navigator at their nearest or preferred HealthONE hospital. The Navigator will help schedule the CT. Results will be forwarded to the Navigator, who will communicate with the patient and the primary care physician to coordinate any follow-up. Insurance may cover the cost of the exam. The navigator and screening center will assist the patient with preauthorization.
Who determines the care plan if my patient needs follow-up after screening?
You direct the care of your patients and the Nurse Navigator will help facilitate that plan. HealthONE has adopted National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for follow-up of patients with lung nodules and other suspicious findings. If patients are found to have a nodule, repeat CTs are recommended at specific intervals.
Where are the screening sites?
Lung screening is offered at a network of outpatient imaging centers throughout the metro area. A map of locations is attached. Patients can be referred for screening at 720-282-8888.
What if I have a patient with a known nodule?
You can refer a patient at any time to our Lung Nurse Navigator to be entered into the Lung Nodule Program for follow-up. You can reach Navigator Stacey Gates at 303-453-2578.
We appreciate the opportunity to care for your patients and welcome any questions.