Lung Cancer Screening Offered at Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers
Lung cancer, both small cell and non-small cell, is the second most common cancer in both men and women after prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Only skin cancer is more common, according to the American Cancer Society. For patients at high risk of developing lung cancer, six Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers now offer low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), an effective screening tool.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services, LDCT lung screening is recommended for the following populations: individuals age 55 to 77 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, either currently or in the past, or who are current smokers or have quit within the last 15 years. Those in the high-risk group may have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer. Not all people who smoke fit the criteria necessary for screening.
A physician order is required for an LDCT lung screening. Patients who have an order may call the screening location nearest them to schedule the test, or schedule online at www.memorialhermann.org/lungcancer.
In 2015, Memorial Hermann performed more than 250 LDCT lung cancer screenings across the Memorial Hermann Health System. LDCT screenings are currently available at the following locations: Greater Heights (713.867.3336), Memorial City (713.242.3564), Northeast (281.540.7808), Southwest (713.778.4366), Texas Medical Center (713.704.3961) and The Woodlands (713.897.5655).
Lung nurse navigators are available at all Centers to assist patients with scheduling, physician referrals and follow-up for abnormal findings.
Helping Patients Kick the Habit: Tobacco Cessation Counseling
According to the American Cancer Society, smokers have a much higher risk of developing lung cancer than nonsmokers. In tandem with Memorial Hermann’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, a dedicated team of Oncology Nurse Navigators offer tobacco cessation counseling in an effort to help patients quit using tobacco products and educate them on lung cancer prevention.
Patients interested in participating in a tobacco cessation program should contact the following campuses for more information:
- Memorial City - 713.242.3564
- Texas Medical Center – 713.704.3929
- The Woodlands - 713.897.4668
- Greater Heights - 713.867.2062
- Northeast - 281.540.7851
Tobacco users can also visit the following websites for cessation tips and information on the risks of tobacco use: