A low-dose CT scan can find lung cancer before it shows symptoms.
Talk to your patients who smoke or have smoked about getting a lung cancer screening.
A low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scan is recommended to detect lung cancer in individuals who have a high risk of developing lung cancer but no signs or 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.
Your patients should be screened if they:
- Have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 or more years, or two packs a day for 15 or more years
- Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Are between the ages of 55 and 80
Click here for cancer screening and treatment programs your patients should know about that can help them pay for screenings if they’re uninsured or underinsured, get cancer treatment if they can’t afford it, or get help navigating through cancer services.
How to schedule a lung cancer screening for your patients:
- 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.
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.
Educational materials for patients are available to you for distribution in your offices:
Continuing Medical Education
The Delaware Division of Public Health, in collaboration with the Medical Society of Delaware, is pleased to offer the following continuing education opportunities. These courses have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through a joint providership of the Medical Society of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Public Health.
- Physicians—The Medical Society of Delaware designates this internet enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- Nurses—1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to 1 Nursing CNE.
For more information and to register, use the links below: