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    tweety1105 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    New CT Rules for Lung Dxg

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    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      Hi tweety,
      Great question - way to be proactive about your health! Hospitals across the United States are now offering a low-dose CT screen in the hopes that through these types of screens, lung cancer can be caught earlier. The earlier, the more treatable, especially since the normal symptoms of lung cancer are similar to those that a smoker has on a daily basis: shortness of breath, coughing, etc.
      Here at St. Francis, we offer a a low-dose CT screen partnered with a heart scan for $99. No physician referral is required, you just have to meet a few qualifications: you've smoked a pack a day for 30 years (or the equivalent) and you are in between the ages of 55 to 75. We add the heart scan in because smokers are at increased risk of heart disease. (that might be something you want a doc to check out too.)
      I did some research on hospitals in your area who offer a similar screening. The good news is that I found one hospital that offers the low dose lung CT screen. The bad news is that it's a hike: to Houston (it was the closest one I could find.) At Houston Methodist Hospital, they offer this very screen, with a few qualifications:
      You must be a current or former smoker, age 55 or older and have smoked the equivalent of one pack a day for at least 30 years; former smokers should have quit within the previous 15 years. Patients are ineligible if they have a history of lung cancer, have an unexplained weight loss greater than 15lbs in the last year, have a history of coughing up blood or have not smoked a cigarette in more than 15 years.
      It doesn't look like you need a physician referral for this one: you just simply call 7.1.3.-4.4.1.- for an apponitment. They will pre-screen you to make sure you fit the requirements, and if you do, they'll get your appointment scheduled. There is a registration form you can fill out before your appointment that can be found here:


      Hope this helps, tweety! Let me know if you need anything else.

      about 3 years ago
    • dmholt1957's Avatar

      I had BC also and I use to smoke for 30 years. My oncologist sent me thru a pet scan before I had any surgery, chemo or radiation done to make sure that my cancer hadn't spread anywhere else because it had spread to my lymphnodes. I had cancer in 13 lymphnodes so I was a stage 3B. If your doctor hasn't sent you for a pet scan tell him about your concerns and make him understand how important it is to you to make sure you don't have caner anywhere else. You are the one going thru all this not him and if he doesn't take you serious then go find you one that will address your concerns. Take care of yourself and God bless you and your family.

      about 3 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Hi tweety1105. I never smoked and after my breast cancer diagnosis about 13 years ago, the cancer metastasised to my liver, spine, and right lung. I think you're on the right track. Get screened. Unfortunately, I don't know about Medicare paying for the screening.

      about 3 years ago
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    You have definitely been through it I thought I had a rough time with my chemo/Herceptin and rads treatment for BC, but after reading your story mine was not nearly as hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep on fighting you are a great example for all of us to follow in your footsteps,

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    If I am reading this right your dx is breast & bone cancer I was stg IIb HER2+++, Gr III when dx IDC Breast 7 yrs ago and have not had a re-occurrence but was able to do chemo, rads & Herceptin plus a lumpectomy. Were you able to do Herceptin it stopped my cancer in it's tracks thankfully. Did you get a 2nd opinion? I did have severe side effects & am still affected by neuropathy, fatique & chemo brain but still here. If you have any pain please tell you dr he has numerous options for you. My pain was ongoing from neuropathy so I go to pain clinic you might ask your dr about that option. I hope you continue to heal and your future CT's are encouraging. Good Luck & God Bless

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