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When caught early, lung cancer may respond well to treatment. We offer a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and palliative care, depending on the type and progression of your lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Screenings Offered at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. According to the American Lung Association, at least 8.6 million Americans are at high-risk for developing lung cancer and are recommended to receive an annual screening with low-dose CT scans. Screening individuals at high risk can dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by finding the disease at an earlier stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Should You Be Screened?
You should be screened for lung cancer if you meet these conditions:
- Are between 55 and 77 years old
- Have no symptoms of lung cancer
- Have a smoking history of more than one pack per day for over 30 years
- Currently smoke or quit less than 15 years ago
Lung cancer can go undiagnosed for a long time because symptoms—such as a nagging cough—can be mistakenly blamed on other health issues such as pneumonia, allergies or a cold. Unfortunately, symptoms usually do not appear until the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. At this point, it is harder to treat the cancer. If you match the conditions above, don’t take chances with your health. Studies have shown that low-dose CT scan is the only lung cancer screening tool that reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer.
Five Screening Locations
Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center has streamlined the lung cancer screening process. With a doctor’s prescription, you can call any of the locations listed below and schedule a low-dose CT scan:
- Clermont — At Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, 1900 Don Wickham Dr., Clermont, FL 34711 Call (352) 241-7135
- Downtown Orlando — At Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center, 1400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32806 Call (321) 841-5274
- Dr. Phillips — At Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, 9401 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando, FL 32819 Call (321) 841-5274
- Longwood — At Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, 555 W. State Rd 434., Longwood, FL 32750 Call (321) 841-5274
- Ocoee — At Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761 Call (407) 296-1190
A low-dose CT scan takes many pictures of your lungs as you lie on a table that slides in and out of a large machine. A computer combines these pictures into a detailed picture of your body. If an abnormal scan is detected, our multidisciplinary team of experienced specialists is here to work with you and your doctor.
American Lung Association Resources
- Talking with Your Doctor about Screening for Lung Cancer
- Is Lung Cancer Screening Covered Under Your Insurance?
- Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company about Lung Cancer Screening
Lung Cancer Screening FAQ’s
Why should I get screened for lung cancer?
Any person between the ages of 55 and 79 with a history of smoking should have a conversation with a medical professional regarding indications for screening. A benefit has been found when low-dose CT scans are used for screening in high-risk patients. These include patients with a 30-year or more history of smoking (two packs per day for 15+ years or one pack per day for 15+ years) who are still smoking or who have quit less than 15 years ago. In individual cases, some patients over 50 with a family history of lung cancer or occupational exposures such as asbestos or arsenic may be eligible.
What happens during a lung cancer screening?
If you are determined to be eligible for a screening after discussion with a medical professional, you will receive a prescription or order for a CT scan. You will come in to the selected location for an elective CT scan of the chest with no contrast, no IV and a low-dose of radiation exposure. The test takes approximately 5 minutes and a radiologist will then look at the scan for any suspicious lung nodules.
Will I be sedated for the screening?
No sedation is necessary, as the screening is noninvasive and painless.
Are there any medications or needles used during the screening?
No medications are administered and no needles or IV are used for the screening.
How long does the screening take?
The entire process time depends on the location and the queue, but the screening test itself takes less than 10 minutes.
What if I am not old enough to have a screening, but I am still concerned?
No proven benefit has been found for lung cancer screening in patients younger than 50 years of age, unless there are symptoms present. Please talk to your primary care provider aboutyour concerns.
I qualify for a screening, but I do not have a script to get a screening. What do I do?
Talk to your primary care provider or directly with a pulmonologist or lung screening center for recommendations and direction.
I qualify for a screening, but I do not have insurance. What do I do?
You have the option to self-pay for your screening. At an Orlando Health screening facility, the cost for a lung cancer screening without insurance is $143.00.*
*Verify cost at the time of scheduling, as price is subject to change.
I have heard that lung cancer is common in people of East Asian descent who have never even smoked. How do I know if I should be concerned?
It is true that some genetic mutations occur more often in Asian patients. If there is a family history of lung cancer, you should have a discussion with your doctor regarding the benefit of screening.
What are the next steps if my screening comes back positive?
Approximately 25 percent of CT scans may detect a lung nodule or spot. However, 96 percent of these nodules are benign and not of concern. The most common next step is a scheduled follow-up CT scan in a few months to monitor the nodule. Rarely, a more concerning nodule may require immediate further evaluation, such as a biopsy.