I did it…
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. The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In order to receive this designation, Windsong underwent a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Procedures are in place for follow-up patient care, counseling and smoking cessation programs. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published recommendations for screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT. The low dose lung scan can detect the smallest of tumors so that doctors can treat lung cancer at its earliest stage.
This non contrast CT is considered medically necessary as a preventive screening for lung cancer when ALL of the following criteria are met:
- Individual has no signs or symptoms suggestive of underlying lung cancer which includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Unexplained cough, hemoptysis, or unexplained weight loss of more than 15 pounds in the past year and
- Individual is between 55-80* and
- Individual has at least a 30 pack-year* history of cigarette smoking and have smoked within the past 15 years
*30 pack-year – A pack-year means that someone has smoked an average of 1-pack of cigarettes per day for a year. For example, a person who has smoked a pack a day for 30 years has a 30 pack-year history of smoking, as does a person who smoked 2 packs a day for 15 years. Medicare patients up to the age of 77 can be screened. Once referred, patients that are screened will have an opportunity to engage in a comprehensive program to help to reduce their risk of lung cancer, including smoking cessation. To schedule an appointment, please call (716) 631-2500 or click here to request an appointment online.
Lung cancer screening saves lives. See if you are at risk for lung cancer. Click HERE to calculate your lung cancer risk.
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.