Windsong has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is the first facility in the area to achieve this elite distinction.
This designation recognizes facilities like Windsong that have committed to practice safe and effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In addition to the screening, we also have lung patient navigators who ensure that you are in place for follow-up care, counseling and smoking cessation programs available, if you choose.
The main benefit of screening is a lower chance of dying from lung cancer, which accounts for many deaths in current and former smokers. Still, it’s important to be aware that, as with any type of screening, not everyone who gets screened will benefit. Screening with LDCT will not find all lung cancers, and not all of the cancers that are found will be found early. Talk to your doctor about whether lung cancer screening is beneficial for you based on your own individualized risk.
- The low dose lung scan can detect the smallest of tumors so that doctors can treat lung cancer at its earliest stage.
- This exam uses CT guidance to scan your chest using small amounts of radiation. You will lay on your back on the CT table.
- The entire exam takes no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
- The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published recommendations for screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT. You are eligible for a low-dose CT scan if you:
- Are between the ages of 55-80
- Are current smokers with a 30 pack-year smoking history OR have quit within the last 15 years.
- To calculate your pack-year history, multiply the number of years you smoked by the number of packs of cigarettes per day.
- You have no signs or symptoms of underlying lung cancer which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Unexplained cough, hemoptysis or unexplained weight loss of more than 15 lbs in the past year
- Our lung patient navigators or technologists will counsel you on the benefits and risks of low-dose lung cancer screening. They will also provide you with the resources and materials you need, if you choose, for smoking cessation.
- Even if you have a normal result, so long as you continue to meet the guidelines, it is recommended that you return yearly for your low-dose CT.
- Sometimes, you may have a finding on your low-dose CT that requires you to come back sooner. This does not mean you have lung cancer.
- Our lung patient navigators ensure that you are in place for follow-up care, including your yearly screening appointment. Our lung patient navigators also provide recommendations of the resources and programs available.
- Windsong proudly offers Smoking Cessation classes throughout the year to everyone throughout WNY.
- It is not required that you are a patient of Windsong in order for you to register.
- Our smoking cessation program is usually offered on the first (4) Tuesdays of every month starting at 5pm at our Spindrift Drive location.
- It is highly encouraged that you attend each session as new material on the program will be presented each time you attend.
I have been going to Windsong Spindrift for all my imaging needs for 13 yrs.
In January 2016 I attended their smoking cessation program. I believe they saved my life. This program was very informative, supportive and actually fun. I was informed that most insurances pay for a yearly low dose chest CT and nicotine replacement products.
My chest CT revealed several nodes which are benign at this time. That was incentive enough for me to quit smoking. I am enjoying living in a nice smelling home, car and my clothes smell good too.
I encourage all smokers to attend this program and see if you can quit, it could save your life too.