Lung Cancer Screening Program

MidState Medical Center is proud to offer a Lung Cancer Screening Program in its community. Guidelines from a number of leading medical organizations, including the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, suggest that individuals who are identified as high risk for lung cancer that subsequently undergo a screening CT scan, have a 20% reduction in death from lung cancer.

Program Criteria

As part of our Lung Cancer Screening Program, MidState is offering low-dose CT scans at no cost to patients who meet the appropriate guidelines for screening. Patients must:

  • Be a current or former smoker (former smokers having quit within the last 5 years)
  • Be between the ages of 55 and 74 and healthy enough to undergo treatment
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
  • Have no history of lung cancer
  • Be between the ages of 50 and 54 with a secondary lung exposure, such as radon exposure, occupational hazards, family history of lung cancer, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Considerations for Screening

Prior to recommending screening for your patients, you should address and discuss the following with them:

  • Their health history, including possible co-morbidities
  • Any symptoms of lung disease or lung cancer
  • The benefits, risk and possible follow-up procedures that may result from screening
  • The smoking cessation resources available in your community (See below)

Make a Referral

To refer your patients, please call or fax a referral to Denise Jones-Gagne at 203.694.8631 (phone) or 203.694.7630 (fax). Scans will be read by a board certified radiologist using the LungRads reporting system. You will receive a report along with recommendations for follow-up.

Smoking Cessation Resources

Websites:
smokefree.gov
211ct.org
cdc.gov/features/smokingcessation
community.BecomeAnEX.org

Smart Phone Apps:
NCI QuitPal
Smokefree Teen QuitSTART
QuitGuide

Texts:
Smokefree TXT: IQUIT(47848)
(Only a good idea if your phone plan has unlimited texting)

Books:

How to Stop Smoking for Good
The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
Smoking Cessation and Weight Gain Prevention
Stop Smoking in One Hour
Gillian Riley
Allen Carr
Bonnie Spring
Susan Hepburn

Telephone Resources:
Connecticut Quitline 1.800.748.8669
The CT Quitline is a telephone help line offered free of charge that provides cessation counseling, quitting information, answers to your questions, and support you need while quitting. Calls will be answered by Quit Coaches who are professionally trained and will create a personalized Quit Plan. Callers will also receive Quit Guides with helpful tips and information. Quit Coaches will help callers decide if the nicotine patch, gum or other medication is appropriate.

Support Groups and Classes:
Meriden Health Department
165 Miller St.
Meriden
203.630.4003