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Talk to your patients who smoke or have smoked about getting a lung cancer screening.

A low-dose CT scan can find lung cancer in your patients before they experience symptoms. Studies have shown that this form of screening can detect cancer when it’s most treatable — reducing the risk of dying of lung cancer.

Doctors reviewing an X-ray for signs of lung cancer.

Who Should Be Screened?

Your patients should be screened if they:

  • Have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 or more years, or two packs a day for 10 or more years
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Are between 50 and 80 years old

Your patients should be screened if they:

  • Has not smoked for 15 years
  • Develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery

Updated in April 2021

How to Schedule a Lung Cancer Screening

  • Discuss the screening with your patients.
  • Suggest enrolling in the Delaware Quitline if the patient still smokes.
  • Have your patients sign the referral/consent form.

Nurse Navigators

Lung cancer screening nurse navigators can schedule appointments once your patient has consented to being contacted for a lung cancer screening. From that point forward, you will receive regular updates about the progress the patient makes through the system — from scheduling through follow-up to the subsequent resolution to problems or issues discovered during the screening process.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. A low-dose CT lung scan may save your life.

Dr. Stephen Grubbs talks about the importance of lung cancer screenings for your patients.

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