Lung Cancer Screening Program at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore

The Lung Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Mercy Medical Center offers a Lung Cancer Screening Program in partnership with primary care physicians and referring physicians throughout the Baltimore area. 

The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Mercy is designed to detect early-stage lung cancer and improve chances of successful treatment. Mercy’s physicians are dedicated to providing annual screenings and ongoing counseling for patients who may be at risk for lung cancer.

What is the Lung Cancer Screening Program?

Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer for both men and women. It usually does not cause any noticeable symptoms until it is considered late-stage lung cancer. The majority of lung cancer is attributed to smoking. 

The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Mercy is designed to detect early-stage lung cancer and improve chances of successful treatment. The program consists of annual screenings for those who are determined to be high risk, as well as counseling and shared decision making visits with Mercy’s experienced doctors.

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Who should get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Lung cancer screening may be a good option for patients who are determined to be at high risk of developing lung cancer. This may include individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 55-77
  • Current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years
  • Smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years (or 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)

It is recommended that patients who meet this criteria get screened annually or until they are no longer considered high risk.

Lung cancer screening is not recommended for everyone. Your primary care doctor will help to determine if lung cancer screening is right for you.

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How is Lung Cancer Screening performed?

Lung cancer screening uses low-dose computed tomography, or LDCT. This “CT” scan uses a low dose of radiation to generate detailed images of the lungs. 

Following the screening, Mercy’s team of Board Certified radiologists will review your images to determine if there are any signs of lung disease or cancer. 

You will be contacted regarding the results of your screening. If it is determined that there are nodules or other suspicious findings, your doctor will guide you through follow-up testing, diagnosis and any recommended treatments.

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