Here I am with my so-far quarterly push for all who qualify to get cookin' and get scheduled for this test.
1. Age 55 or older (under 80, I think)
2. Smoked 30 pack years or more (1 pack day for 30 years, or 2 a day for 15 years and so on you do the math)
3. Smoked or quit smoking within the last 15 years.
4. Have no symptoms of lung cancer
5. Be physically able and willing to undergo treatment if cancer found.
I won't treat you all to the whole Marciem saga, but if you're interested in the step-by-step it can be found here:
As a quick overview, I was found to have lung cancer in February 2017. I have COPD to the extent that surgery was not recommended, but SABR (stereotatic ablative body radiation) (fancy-schmancy linear accelerator) treatment was a good option because my tumor was found so early ... with... TADA .... LDCT (Low Dose CT Scan) screen as pushed hard for by our Kathleen.
I am the person that this test was invented for. I had no symptoms of lung cancer. I smoked most of my life up until 4 years before CT diagnosis. My cancer was found early enough to be treated, and perhaps cured, which of course is the goal of screening.
Last week I had my second follow up PET/ CT and then visit with the doctor . The results again show that NED is behaving as hoped (NED = my personal name for my tumor, which also stands for No Evidence of Disease, which my doctor proclaimed on office notes regarding my tumor, which is still gradually shrinking). Other nodules that have been present all along are either stable in size or have disappeared, while new ones pop up ... the doctor called them "Probable COPD nodules, or inflammatory". I continue to need close follow up, another PET/CT in 3 months, as outlined when my treatment plan was established. Anyways, that's the good news for me .
Moral of the story:
GET YOUR LOW DOSE CT SCAN!! It is painless, quick, usually covered by ins. and not that expensive in the grand scheme of your health if ins. doesn't cover it.