Lung Cancer Screening and Treatment in PlanoMedical City Center for Lung Health
4001 W. 15th Street, Suite 160
Plano, TX 75093
The Center for Lung Health at Medical City Plano offers advanced screening, diagnosis and treatment for all types of lung cancers, including:
Non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), the most common type (85%) of lung cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Subtypes of NSCLC include:
- Large cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Small cell lung cancers, also called “oat cell” cancer, make up 10% to 15% of lung cancers and tend to spread quickly.
Lung carcinoid tumors, also called lung neuroendocrine tumors, make up less than 5% of lung cancers, grow slowly and rarely spread.
It’s very important to know which type of cancer you have so that you can get accurate information about your treatment options and prognosis. Medical City Plano’s medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, cancer nurse navigators and other cancer specialists will be happy to answer all of your questions.
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Early detection is crucial because it’s often hard to recognize early-stage symptoms.
Just as with a colonoscopy or mammogram, a lung screening is intended to identify lung cancer at an early stage, when treatment is often less invasive and more effective. Lung screening, like other forms of cancer screening, is recommended as an annual exam for high-risk individuals.
Screening for lung cancer involves a low-dose CT (CAT) scan, which takes a picture of your lungs. This type of screening is fast, painless and non-invasive.
Who Should Get a Lung Screening?
Lung cancer screening is recommended for certain groups of people who are at high risk for lung cancer, including:
- Ages 55-77
- Current smokers
- Former smokers who quit within the past 15 years
- Heavy smokers, defined as people who currently smoke or used to smoke:
- At least 1 pack/day for 30 years
- 2 packs/day for 15 years
- 3 packs/day for 10 years
Lung cancer screening is covered by most insurance providers as a preventive service for individuals at high risk. Ask your healthcare provider to order the exam if you think you may qualify. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage.
What Happens After the Screening?
The results of your screening exam will be made available to you and your physician, who will discuss any concerning findings with you. With your permission, your doctor will also consult with a multidisciplinary team of lung experts, including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists. These specialists review each unique case as a team and draw from their individual expertise to create the most comprehensive, targeted and effective treatment plans for patients.
Comprehensive Lung Nodule Screening Program
At Medical City Plano, patients often undergo CT scans for various conditions and injuries as part of their inpatient or emergency department treatment procedures. In some cases, these scans find something different than or in addition to what the patient was originally being treated for. These are called “incidental findings” and they can literally save patients’ lives.
Medical City Plano uses proprietary software that reads radiology reports looking for keywords such as “nodule.” The identification of incidental lung nodules or other suspicious findings can help detect lung cancers before symptoms appear, when they’re at an earlier stage and when they’re often more treatable.
Patients and their physicians are then notified about potential conditions that may need additional follow-up, resulting in better outcomes.