Tuality Healthcare will be the first hospital in the Portland metropolitan area to perform lung cancer screenings using a CT scanner. In 2011, the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial was published. This important study found a 20-percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among heavy smokers who were screened with a low-dose CT scan versus those screened by chest X-ray. The trial involved over 53,000 current and involved current and former smokers ages 55 to 74.
Low-dose CT scan screening can result in more Stage I and Stage II lung cancer diagnoses, rather than the more deadly Stage III and Stage IV diagnoses. "With Stage I, you have a survival rate of close to 90 percent at 10 years," Hahn said. "We want to catch lung cancer and cure it. That's the goal."
A CT scan is medical imaging procedure that generates a three-dimensional image that is a better diagnostic tool for doctors than the traditional chest X-ray. A low-dose CT scan reduces the amount of radiation delivered to the human body. Tuality features a new state-of-the-art 128-slice CT scanner with low-dose capability.
Tuality's lung cancer screening program is open to anyone 50 to 74 years of age who have smoked for at least 20 years. Current smokers as well as those who quit in the last 15 years are eligible.
Tuality Healthcare's program will be open to the public beginning June 6. Cost for the first 100 people who participate will be $99. After that, the program will cost $299.
To make an appointment, or to ask questions about the program, call 503-681-4345.