Mary Bird Perkins-OLOL new lung cancer screening procedure
BATON ROUGE - The lung cancer screening clinic launched at Mary Bird Perkins- Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center just a few months ago.
Carol Brown, a colon cancer survivor and former smoker, was one of the first to get tested.
"I couldn't think of a good enough reason not to, so I went and I did it," says Brown.
Patients lay down as a CAT scan looks to see what's happening in the lungs.
"it was the easiest thing in the world. There's no preparation. You come in, you do the scan and you leave," says Brown.
The quick procedure time and ability to get clearer results is what separates these screenings from others available before, according to Dr. Brad Vincent.
"Previously they used a chest X-ray radiograph, which is just a plain X-ray of the front and side of the chest. And the data that we have that we can get with a cat scan is many fold greater than what we can see on a chest X-ray," says Dr. Vincent.
The cancer center recommends the screenings for people who are 50 and older, longtime smokers, exposed to occupational hazards or with a family history of cancer.
"My main message is that early detection is key. So get screened, stop smoking and get healthy," says Dr. Vincent.
Brown already followed doctors orders. And she's is encouraging her friends to do the same.
"Ive been through chemo, and I really don't want to go through it again. So if there's a way for me to find out ahead of the game, then I would like to know," she says.
Lung cancer is 80 to 90 percent curable when caught early, according to experts.
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