ON THE DAY OF YOUR Lung Screening CT Scan REASONS TO Quit Smoking I will: 1. reduce my chances of having a heart attack or stroke. 2. reduce my chances of getting lung cancer, emphysema, and other lung diseases. 3. have better smelling clothes, hair, breath, home, and car. 4. climb stairs and walk without getting out of breath. 5. have fewer wrinkles. To schedule your appointment, please call 617-983-7020. This test should be performed when you are in your best usual state of health. If you are not at your best, please call to reschedule your appointment at no additional charge. 6. be free of my morning cough. 1. Wear loose-fitting clothes without metal above the 9. treat myself to new books or music with the money I save from not buying cigarettes. waist if you prefer not to change into an exam gown. 7. reduce the number of coughs, colds, and earaches my child will have. 8. have more energy to pursue physical activities I enjoy. 10. have more control over my life. 2. You may eat and drink without restriction before the examination. www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/q_smoke/top_ten.htm BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S FAULKNER HOSPITAL’S Lung Cancer Screening Program 3. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment to allow for parking and registration. 4. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that will help us to assess your personal risk of lung cancer. 5. The CT technologist will guide you through the brief, painless CT scan. You will be asked to hold your breath briefly during the scan. 6. The report of your examination will be sent to the physician who ordered it for you. We can help! Visit BWFH Patient/Family Resource Center on the 3rd floor MA Quit line 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) Speak to your Primary Care Physician or Healthcare Provider to confirm if you are eligible for the program or to schedule a CT Lung Cancer Screening exam Breathe easily with early detection... Early Detection Saves Lives! Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found more than 20 percent fewer deaths from lung cancer in participants who received three annual lung cancer screening CT scans compared with those who received three annual chest x-rays. By the time symptoms such as cough, weight loss, and bloody sputum develop, lung cancer may not be curable. Identification of lung cancer before symptoms develop offers the best chance for survival. Risk Factors for Lung Cancer Cigarette smoking and other use of tobacco products is the single greatest risk factor for developing lung cancer. More than 85 percent of lung cancers are smoking related. Although the risk of lung cancer decreases over time after quitting, 50 percent of lung cancers now occur in former smokers. The risk of lung cancer increases with increasing age and with some chronic lung diseases. Additional risk factors such as second-hand smoke and occupational exposures are less well understood. FAQs Reducing Your Risk of Lung Cancer Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to decrease your risk of lung cancer and other debilitating lung diseases. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or “Obamacare”) requires insurers to provide at least minimum coverage for evidence-based smoking cessation treatments, including medication and counseling. Risks and Benefits of Screening CT Screening CT scans can lead to improvements in health through identification of chronic lung diseases as well as lung cancer. Partial imaging of adjacent tissues, including thyroid gland, aorta and kidneys may lead to the recommendation of additional testing. Screening CT scan Results No screening test is perfect, and not all lung cancer will be detected by CT screening. Most lung nodules identified on screening CT will prove to be benign based on their stability in CT appearance over time. A follow-up CT scan may be recommended more often than yearly to assess this stability. A small number of lung nodules may require a biopsy or other invasive procedure. Minimizing Risk from Radiation The radiation dose is similar to that of screening mammography. The CT examination is directed to the lungs and minimizes inclusion of adjacent tissues. What is Screening CT? Screening Computerized Tomography (CT) uses special x-ray technology and computer processing to create pictures of body tissues and organs. What is the goal of screening? The goal of screening is to save lives by finding lung cancer before symptoms occur. It is much harder to treat lung cancer after symptoms develop. How effective is Screening CT at preventing death from lung cancer? Using Screening CT has been shown to decrease deaths from lung cancer by more than 20 percent in people who are at high risk. How is the exam performed? Screening CT is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes only a few minutes. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. Ideally, you should be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds.
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