About the Program
Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Annually, approximately 1,200 people in Nebraska are diagnosed with lung cancer and 900 die of the disease.
Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that computerized tomography (CT) lung screening can save lives of people at risk for developing lung cancer.
Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Good Samaritan Hospital is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this testing for all people at high risk. Therefore, we are designated as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Good Samaritan Hospital offers LDCT lung screenings at a significantly reduced rate of $250* to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria.
You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening at Good Samaritan Hospital if you meet the following criteria:
- You are between 55 and 80 years old.
- You are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.
- Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years
- Are in generally good health.
Involving Your Primary Care Physician
The Lung Cancer Screening Program will communicate your lung screening results to your Primary Care Physician, and will work with your Primary Care Physicians to ensure that appropriate follow-up is received.
To see if you qualify or to schedule a screening,
call 308.865.7881 or 866.299.7955.
If you think you meet the criteria, please call local 308.865.7881 or toll-free 866.299.7955 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to complete a screening questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be scheduled for their LDCT lung screening at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
You do not have to be a Good Samaritan Hospital patient to receive this discounted screening. You may self-refer or work with your primary care physician to refer you for screening.
If you’ve tried to quit smoking in the past, keep trying—each attempt will help you reach your goal. Millions of people have quit smoking. You can too!
The Tobacco Cessation program at Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Center has many resources to help you quit.
For more information, call 308.865.7291.
What is CT screening?
Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special X-ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross section of body tissues and organs.
What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.
How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The test takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
How much does the exam cost?
The exam costs $250*, due at the time of screening. Insurance does not currently cover LDCT lung screenings.
*We realize that many people are underinsured or completely uninsured, and that many earn minimum wage or are out of work. Those are the reasons for our Payment Options and Financial Assistance program. If you are having financial difficulties, we can put you in contact with our Financial Assistance program to explore your options.