Open Accessibility Menu

North Oaks Offers CT Lung Cancer Screenings

  • Category: In The News
  • Posted On:
  • Written By: Nanette White
North Oaks Offers CT Lung Cancer Screenings

The odds of beating lung cancer - the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in Louisiana and nationwide - are better if the cancer is caught early. A new type of screening is helping physicians do just that, and may save lives.

North Oaks was one of the first hospitals on the North Shore to offer the low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) cancer screening for people with significant risk of lung cancer due to age and smoking history. The screening is already proving beneficial -- one of the very first patients tested was found to be positive, even though she had no symptoms.

“We know that national and regional cancer statistics are high, but those are just numbers. The real story is the tremendous impact cancer has on our patients, their families and friends,” comments Radiologist J.P. Miller, MD, of North Oaks Imaging Associates. “The benefit of picking up these cancers at a more treatable stage is huge. Early detection often means a greater chance of survival, lower treatment costs and the opportunity for patients to continue to lead active and productive lives.”

According to Dr. Miller, symptoms of lung cancer may include a persistent cough, pain in the chest, shoulder or back that is unrelated to coughing pain, shortness of breath and changes in the voice, such as being hoarse. The number of years patients smoke and the number of packs smoked per day also increase risk, he adds.

Patients may qualify for the CT screenings if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are ages 55-79 and
  • Have smoked a pack a day for at least 30 years; or two packs a day for 15 years and
  • Are current smokers, or former smokers who quit within the past 15 years.

Dr. Miller recommends talking with your primary care physician to determine if you are a candidate for the CT screening, which takes about 10 minutes and is performed by a registered technologist. If you are a candidate, your doctor will provide the order you will need to schedule the screening. Each cash price test costs $150 and covers the screening and radiologist fees.

In some cases, additional medical procedures are needed, for which normal billing processes will be followed.

CT lung cancer screening services are provided at the following locations:

To schedule an appointment, call North Oaks Patient Scheduling from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In Hammond, call (985) 230-7777 and in Livingston, call (225) 686-4899.