Lung Cancer Screening Program Now Available at The Oregon Clinic
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends lung cancer screening with low-dosecomputed tomography (CT) scans of the chest for patients age 55-80, with a 30 pack-year history of smoking, who continue to smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, and would be willing and able to undergo curative treatment. The Oregon Clinic has a Lung Cancer Screening Program that meets all of the USPSTF requirements and using one of the few ultra low-dosage CT scanners in the Portland community.
Most insurance providers are approving lung cancer screening CT scans and starting in 2015, as part of the Affordable Care Act, many private insurance plans will cover the screening (of note, Medicare is not covering lung cancer screening yet, but expect they will soon now that the USPSTF has recommended it).
“The process is simple for referring providers, minimizes anxiety for patients, provides options for smoking cessation, and helps primary care providers get the information they need to ensure their patients receive appropriate follow up and care is coordinated through their own doctor,” stated Dr. Bradford Glavan, Medical Director for The Oregon Clinic’s Lung Cancer Screening Program.
The Oregon Clinic’s Lung Cancer Screening Program is by referral only through a care provider. To refer a patient, physicians may go online or call (503) 963-3030.
See attached press release for further details, or contact me to set up an interview with Dr. Bradford Glavan, medical director for The Oregon Clinic's Lung Cancer Screening Program.