Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point aims to increase the early detection of lung cancer through innovative programs and lung cancer screenings. If lung cancer is detected, you can be assured that you will receive comprehensive cancer care and thorough follow-up evaluations at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in American men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. The high mortality rate is because lung cancer is most often diagnosed in later stages, and early-stage lung cancer does not show any symptoms.
For more information about our lung cancer care, please call (727) 834-4200
At Regional Medical Center Bayonet, we bring together all types of specialists in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung disease.
Our lung care team includes primary care providers, pulmonologists, radiologists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons and a dedicated lung screening coordinator and navigator. Together, our providers offer advanced, quality care that is tailored to the needs of each patient.
Early detection of lung cancer
Incidental Lung Nodule Program
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point knows that finding lung cancer at an early stage can make all the difference for a patient’s outlook. To help with early detection, patients who visit our Emergency Room and has a CT scan which includes the lungs as part of their care will have their scan examined for lung nodules.
If a lung nodule is detected, you will be referred to our lung nurse coordinator. Your primary care physician will receive a CT scan report with the recommended follow-up care. The recommendations are based on the 2017 Fleischner Society guidelines for incidental pulmonary nodules.
Lung cancer screening
Patients who participate in our screening program will undergo a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. This type of CT scan creates an image of inside the body. The image will show any abnormalities or tumors, if present.
Lung cancer screening is for patients who are not experiencing any symptoms of lung disease. It uses low-dose CT to quickly screen the lungs with minimal exposure to radiation. This form of lung screening is pain-free and non-invasive.
Candidates for a lung cancer screening
To be eligible for a lung cancer screening, you must:
- Be 55 to 77 years old
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer present, such as a cough that does not go away, chest pain with deep breathing, hoarseness, weight loss, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, fatigue, wheezing or repeated lung infections
- Currently smoke or quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year)
- Annual adherence is vital to promote early diagnosis and prevention
Call our Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point lung screening coordinator at (727) 834-4200 or your primary care physician to determine your eligibility for the screening. If you are eligible for the screening, the nurse coordinator will contact your primary care physician for the order. After the screening, the nurse coordinator will send your results to the referring physician as well as coordinate any follow-up care, if necessary.
Lung screening cost
Most major health insurance providers cover the cost of lung cancer screening. For questions about insurance coverage, please call our lung screening coordinator at (727) 834-4200.
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