Patient Education and Support
If you have any of these signs or symptoms that concern you, make an appointment with your doctor. Ask about which cancer screenings and procedures are appropriate for you.
If you notice any changes in your body or the way you feel, let a doctor know. It may not be cancer, but it may be something that you need treatment for. If it is cancer, early detection provides the best chance of a cure.
Reducing Your Risk
The cancer prevention specialists at the Cancer Center want to help you reduce your risk of developing cancer. To support that goal, we offer these tips, which are founded on scientific research supported by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). We encourage you to talk with your doctor for more specific recommendations on how to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and for more detailed guidelines for cancer screenings that may be right for you.
Lifestyle choices are responsible for an estimated 45 percent of cancer deaths in the United States. The following are some lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk of cancer.
A few cancers can be diagnosed with early screenings. For other cancers, studies show that screenings are recommended only for people with increased risk.
Diagnosing cancer at its earliest stages often provides the best chance for a cure.
A variety of medical organizations and patient-advocacy groups have recommendations and guidelines for cancer screening. Review the various guidelines with your doctor and together you can determine what's best for you based on your own risk factors for cancer.
With this in mind, talk with your doctor about what types of cancer screening may be appropriate for you.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide. Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year. Lung cancer ranks number one overall cases in Tennessee.
Screening for lung cancer is important so that issues may be caught earlier and treated while it is in the most curable stages. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that CT lung screening can now save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer. Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in minimal amount of radiation exposure.
Most insurances, including Medicare, are now covering the lung screening.
Cookeville Regional Medical Center is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this testing for all people at high risk. Therefore, we are currently offering LDCT lung screening to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria at an affordable price ($99).
See if you qualify by reviewing the lung-screening questionnaire here.
You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening at Cookeville Regional Medical Center if you meet the criteria listed below.
TO SCHEDULE A SCREENING, TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR
To be scheduled for the screening, you will need to meet the above criteria to qualify.
Talk with your primary care provider to see if you qualify. You will need to fill out the screening questionnaire form, and your physician or other primary care provider will be required to fill out and sign the screening questionnaire and order form. To expedite the process, you may take the completed questionnaire and order form to your provider, who will then complete it to be sent to Cookeville Regional when scheduling the low-dose CT scan.
Cookeville Regional will file your insurance. Many commercial insurances as well as Medicare Part B cover the cost of the scan once per year for patients who qualify. Because insurance may require a pre-authorization, it may be several days before your scan is scheduled, but we will work with you and your provider to schedule it as quickly and conveniently as possible.
If your insurance does not cover the screening or if you do not have insurance, the cost will be $99.
If you do not have a primary care provider, we will assist you in locating one.
If you have questions, please call the lung nurse navigator at 931-783-4996.
Early detection saves lives!