Lung Cancer Screening Project

What is the program about?

Berks Respiratory Specialist is proud to announce a new program designed to help identify and screen high risk patients for lung cancer.  This program is based on recommendations from the National Lung Screening Trial completed by the National Cancer Institute.   Screening involves eligible participants   undergoing a yearly low-dose cat scan (LDCT) of the chest each year to identify if cancer may be present.  Participation in the screening program is based on specific criteria.

 

What is the criteria to join the lung cancer screening program?

Criteria for patients included the following characteristics:

  • Age 55-77 years of age
  • 30 pack year smoking history or greater (Equal to 1 pack per day for 30 years)
  • A current, every day smoker
  • A former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years
  • No current signs of lung cancer

 

If I think I qualify for the program how do I enroll?

If you think you qualify and want to participate in the screening program please contact our office at 610-685-5864 to set up and appointment.  Your initial appointment will last 30 minutes and will include discussion about lung cancer screening, tobacco history, and program details.  Follow up appointments to discuss results will also be scheduled for 30 minutes. 

 

Is screening covered by insurance?

Qualified health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid will cover screening costs for eligible patients.  Coverage will also be verified before any testing occurs.