Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Lung Cancer Screening

By: Oliva Kim Email
By: Oliva Kim Email

July 23, 2014

Helen Reutlinger was a heavy smoker with a history of smoking-related deaths in her family. So when she came across an ad in the paper for lung cancer screenings, and met all the requirements for the exam, she saved up her money and made an appointment.

"I thought nothing ventured, nothing gained. I have nothing to lose except for $250," said Reutlinger.

And it's a good thing she did, because the CT Scan caught a nodule on one of her lungs. Helen's early diagnosis made a better outcome for her cancer treatment and doctors say that's why more people should consider preventative screenings.

Jon Ciambotti, a radiologist at Martha Jefferson Hospital, says the best thing for a better survival rate is to "detect it in an early stage a stage one a stage two as opposed to a three to four."

Reutlinger successfully beat lung cancer and she's now in remission, winning the battle against cancer with a quick and easy screening.

Helen encourages others to get the screening done because, "It's gonna save your life and worse case scenario is you're out $250 but it'll save your life."

The CT Scan that screens for lung cancer looks at the entire chest and provides a more detailed look than a standard chest X-Ray. The exam takes about 15 minutes in total, with the actual scan lasting only 5 to 10 seconds.

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