4 common questions about your lung cancer screening

If you’re considering a lung cancer screening, if you have one scheduled or are awaiting results, you likely have questions. Our dedicated lung cancer screening nurse navigator has answers.

Are you a current or former smoker who’s thinking about getting a lung cancer screening? Maybe you have an appointment scheduled, or you’re awaiting results. At any of these stages, you likely have questions.
Norton Cancer Institute has a lung screening nurse navigator who is dedicated to coordinating your screening, providing follow-up, answering your questions and scheduling any additional care you may need. Here are four common questions she receives from patients about lung cancer screenings.

What is the screening process?

You will begin the process by talking with our lung screening nurse navigator. After your screening, a board-certified radiologist with on-site access to two dedicated thoracic surgeons will review your scan. If an abnormality is found, your physician may recommend you see one of the lung specialists with Norton Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Lung Center.

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How long will it take to get my results?

Your physician or the lung screening nurse navigator will give you the results of your scan, usually within five days. If lung cancer is suspected, you will be notified by phone, and immediate arrangements will be made for a doctor specializing in lung cancer treatment to meet with you. If you have not received your results after 10 days, please call your physician.

Will my insurance cover the cost of the screening?

Annual follow-up lung computed tomography (CT) scans are covered by Medicare and private insurance companies for people ages 55 to 77 who are current smokers or former smokers who quit less than 15 years ago and have no symptoms of lung cancer. Check with your insurance company if you have any questions about your benefit plan.

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How is the CT scan different from a chest X-ray?

The lung cancer screening CT uses a lower dose of radiation than a conventional chest X-ray. It is quick, painless and does not involve IV injections. This screening CT rapidly takes scans from all angles around the chest, giving hundreds of detailed images of the lungs. It can spot tiny abnormalities that often are too small to be seen on a standard chest X-ray.


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