Healthy Lung Screening Program

We’re inspired to keep lungs healthy. The Centura Health Cancer Network is offering a Healthy Lung Screening Program to individuals at high-risk for developing lung cancer. Our goal is to screen as many high risk individuals as possible.

To qualify, individuals must meet these four criteria based on guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network:

  1. Smoked for at least 20 years;
  2. Must be at least 50 years of age;
  3. Cannot have a history of cancer;
  4. Must already have a Primary Care Physician.

Eligibility

To find out if you are eligible, please call one of the locations below. In the event of significant findings, your primary care physician will work with hospital radiology staff and direct care and referrals for follow-up treatment. This is not a clinical trial.

The Centura Health Cancer Network, the only accredited cancer network in the State of Colorado, is focused on carrying out the Centura Health Mission and expanding our resources and services to move upstream and help improve the health of the people in our communities.

Scheduling

To schedule a screening, contact one of the following locations:

  • FAQs about the Centura Health Healthy Lung Screening Program

    Why is the Cancer Network focusing on lung cancer?
    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women and second leading cause of cancer in the United States. The Centura Health Cancer Network is focused on carrying out the Centura Health Mission and working to improve the health of the communities it serves. Following review of the National Lung Screening Trial as well as guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), American College of Chest Physicians, U.S. Preventive Health Task Force, and others, our goal is to provide a rigorous and evidence-based process for providing this service to physicians and our at-risk patient populations.

    What is the goal for number of participants?
    This is not a clinical trial. We wish to offer this service to the public and screen as many high risk individuals as possible. The clinical outcome for lung cancer is directly related to stage at the time of diagnosis, ranging from over 60 percent five-year survival for Stage I disease, to less than 5 percent for Stage IV disease. Many characteristics of lung cancer suggest that screening would be effective, including:

    • Identified risk factors allowing targeted screening for high risk populations
    • Evidence that therapy is more effective in early stage disease

    What are the benefits of a low-dose CT scan?
    Published results of a study conducted by the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP), dating back to 1993, suggest that lung cancers identified by CT scan had substantially better outcomes than those detected by standard means.

    How will the hospitals and the PCPs work together?This is a screening program, and we anticipate that about 30 percent of the time, the screening will
    result in significant findings. The patient’s PCP is responsible for managing the findings and directing care and referrals. Positive nodules will be managed per the NCCN Guidelines, in a Lung Nodule Clinic Setting, that involves radiologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. The radiology directors/managers will assist in tracing these scans and ensure that positive findings are managed appropriately. Through the Centura Health network and our integrated approach, our multidisciplinary team is committed to providing safe, high-quality care and will support and manage findings of highly suspicious significance.

    What is the difference between a low-dose CT scan and a traditional x-ray?
    Low dose CT imaging of the lungs gives detailed images of slices of the lung, and is far more sensitive in detecting abnormalities than is a conventional chest x-ray.

    If I qualify, how many CT scans do I get?
    Typically, a minimum of three annual scans is recommended, but more intensive follow up and/or additional tests may be required if abnormalities are found. Some high risk patients may be followed for longer. The fee of $199 applies as long as no abnormalities are found; but if abnormalities found, standard test pricing will apply and will be billed to insurance.

    Are there any risks with the scan?
    The scan is painless, takes just a few minutes, and is associated with minimal radiation risk.

    What happens if the scan detects something?
    All scans will be interpreted by a specially-trained radiologist. If suspicious abnormalities are found, a patient may be asked to get more frequent imaging, different imaging, or even a biopsy to determine if the lesion is cancerous. Abnormal scans are reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of physicians in order to achieve the best plan of additional testing.