Give your family peace of mind by scheduling your Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening today.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 15 Americans will develop lung cancer in their lifetime.

Each year, more people die of lung cancer than from colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

The 5-year survival rate for those with the earliest detection is 92%.

What is a lung cancer screening?

A low dose CT lung cancer screening is a way to detect lung cancer early, which is key to developing a successful treatment plan.

What does it involve?

  • A CT scanner scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to make detailed pictures of the lungs.
  • The entire appointment should take approximately 20 minutes.
  • A radiologist will review the CT scan.
  • If there are any areas of concern, additional images may be taken.
  • If not, your doctor will receive a copy of the report within 24 hours. Additional testing or treatment may be recommended.

Who should be screened?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening with LDCT for people who:

  • Are between 55-77
  • Current or previous smoker within the last 15 years
  • 30 pack year smoking history (Examples below)
    • 1 pack per/day x 30 years
    • 2 packs per/day x 15 years
    • 3 packs per/day x 10 years
  • No Lung Symptoms (No symptoms of fever, cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, new shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss)

Heavy smoking means a smoking history of 30 pack years or more. A pack year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. For example, a person could have a 30 pack-year history by smoking one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.

How do I schedule a screening?

Contact your doctor to discuss the low dose CT screening outpatient procedure and find out if it’s right for you. Your doctor will provide a low dose CT counseling session that will include smoking cessation if appropriate before the test is ordered.

What does it cost?

  • Covered by Medicare.
  • Covered by most insurance companies. Please contact your insurance provider to verify coverage under your specific plan.
  • $150 self-pay rate for patients without insurance.

Navigation for positive findings

St. Petersburg General Hospital’s board certified nurse navigator helps cancer patients navigate through the healthcare system. Too often patients are lost in the system after screening because of:

  • Missed appointments
  • Financial situations
  • Other barriers to timely and appropriate care

Suspicious findings should receive a timely resolution through further diagnosis and treatment. This will result in:

  • Better outcomes for you
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • Decreased stress and anxiety

Our nurse navigator is trained to work with patients to help solve problems and overcome barriers that might keep them from getting the care they need.

A board certified nurse navigator:

  • Knows the healthcare system and the community of patients served
  • Helps patients facilitate and streamline communication with their providers
  • Anticipates and addresses obstacles
  • Directs patients to healthcare services for timely diagnosis and treatment
  • Connects patients in need with financial resources
  • Connects patients with community resources, support, and healthcare education

Lung Cancer Screening Center

St. Petersburg General Hospital is proud to be designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology.

Smoking cessation classes

If you are ready to quit tobacco, help is FREE. We are proud to partner with Tobacco Free Florida to offer a free smoking cessation program at St. Petersburg Hospital.

  • Free Nicotine Replacement, Patches, Gum and Lozenges offered when medically necessary.
  • Covers all forms of tobacco.
  • Meets in the Conference Room by the Auditorium located at the Hospital. Reservations are required and nicotine replacement options are available while supplies last. This program is sponsored by AHEC and the Florida Department of Health.

Find a Class Today

For more information or to reserve your spot, call 813-929-1000.

Have questions? Contact our nurse navigator at (727)344-4743.