Ingalls Lungs for Life
Good news for smokers!
If you are a current smoker or former smoker, you may be eligible for a unique, life-saving way of screening for cancer before there are any symptoms. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved coverage of low-dose CT scans as a lung cancer screening tool for current or former smokers who meet specific eligibility requirements, and it’s available at Ingalls. Introduced at Ingalls in 2007 and the first of its kind in the south suburbs, Ingalls Lungs for Life uses low-dose spiral CT scanning to find cancerous lung tumors in their early stages – when the tumor is still highly responsive to treatment.
Am I eligible for a CT lung scan?
Participation in lung cancer screening CT scans at Ingalls is based on Medicare’s beneficiary eligibility criteria.
- Must be between 55 and 77 years of age
- Must be asymptomatic with no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Must have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack year = one pack per day for one year; one pack = 20 cigarettes
- Must be a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years; and
- Must receive a written order from a physician for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening.
What are the benefits?
This early screening has exquisite precision, so it can find smaller tumors earlier, before they become a serious problem, and when they are still highly responsive to treatment. Can this make a difference? In a word, YES – it saves lives. Proven clinical evidence shows that low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancer early enough to lower a smoker’s risk of death by as much as 20%.
Where does Ingalls provide the Lungs for Life scan?
Low dose CT Scans are available at the main hospital campus in Harvey, as well as at the Ingalls Family Care Centers in Tinley Park, Flossmoor and Calumet City. A lung scan takes less than a minute to complete, is painless, and the results are provided to you and your physician within the week.
How to Schedule a Screening
To undergo a screening, patients must have a signed physician order demonstrating they meet the screening eligibility criteria.
For more information about Lungs for Life at Ingalls, call 708.915.LUNG (5864).