Schedule your lung cancer screening
Early detection through innovative screening is helping Ohio State lung cancer experts save lives in central Ohio.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for American women and men—more than breast, ovarian, colon, kidney, melanoma, prostate and testicular combined. Among the reasons for the high mortality rate is the tendency of symptoms to present after a tumor has grown to a relatively large size, due to the amount of area inside a patient’s chest.
To counter this, experts at the OSUCCC – James’ Lung Cancer Screening Clinic use innovative technology and proven techniques to increase the likelihood of early diagnoses, which greatly improve patients’ survival chances. Members of the clinic’s team work together to provide accurate results to patients during their initial screening visits, enabling the immediate planning of any necessary follow-up tests or treatments.
Who qualifies for screening?
The James Lung Cancer Screening Clinic offers services to patients designated as high-risk due to the following factors:
- 55-77 years of age
- Currently smoking, with a history of two packs per day for 15 years or one pack per day for 30 years
- Has quit smoking within the past 15 years
Importance of screening
While lung cancer is difficult to successfully treat in its late stages, early detection can dramatically increase survival chances, with screening proven to reduce deaths by more than 20 percent.
The clinic’s patients receive detailed, personalized screenings utilizing the latest technology to identify gene mutations and cell changes.
After a one-on-one consultation with a James expert, a patient undergoes a CAT scan, which provides images to an on-site radiologist, who then discusses the results with a pulmonologist to determine next steps.
When cancer is suspected, an expert sits down with the patient to discuss treatment options, which can include biopsy, surgery and serial CAT scans. The process is usually completed during the initial visit, often in less than an hour-and-a-half.
“There’s no anxious waiting for a few weeks, over the weekend—anything like that. You get in very quickly and you have a plan in place by the time you leave,” says Dr. Michael Wert, the clinic’s director.
Visit the OSUCCC – James website to learn more about the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic, or call 614-293-5066 or 800-293-5066 to schedule an appointment.