Early detection saves lives

Lung cancer screening

CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center at the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute diagnoses and treats lung cancer. To determine whether you have a high risk of developing lung cancer and may benefit from a lung cancer screening:

  • Age 50 or greater
  • Smoking history
  • Family history of cancer
  • Exposure to cancer causing agents (asbestos, diesel fumes, Radon, coal smoke, soot, etc.)

A low - dose computed tomography (CT) scan shows a 3 - D image of the lungs that is clearer and more detailed than regular x - rays, allowing doctors to diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stage, before there are any symptoms. Lung cancer symptoms do not usually occur until the cancer is advanced, and may include persistent cough, sputum streaked with blood, chest pain, voice change, worsening shortness of breath, and recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis.

  • CHI Memorial’s Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach allows us to take low - dose CT lung screening out into our communities and reach people who may not have access or the opportunity to get this scan otherwise. This technology is the first of its kind in the Chattanooga region, and the only fully independent unit in the nation.
  • The low - dose CT lung cancer scan has been shown to improve survival by 20 percent according to The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screening for high - risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. In order to receive a lung cancer screening, you must have a doctor’s referral. If you feel that you are at risk, call your doctor and say you are interested in a low - dose CT scan.

The Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach serves 11 counties in Tennessee, eight counties in North Georgia, and two counties in Northeast Alabama. Screenings will be offered at the locations listed below.

To register, call (423) 495-5864.

To schedule the coach for an event, call (423) 495-2540.

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hamilton Family YMCA, 7430 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
  • Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., E.G. Fisher Public Library, 89 Ingleside Ave., Athens, TN 37303
  • Monday, October 21, 2019, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Cleveland Family YMCA, 220 Urbane Road NE, Cleveland, TN 37312
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2019, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Healthy Living Center at North River YMCA, 4138 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37415
  • Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates, 1238 Taft Highway Ste. 170, Signal Mountain, TN 37377
  • Monday, October 28, 2019, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Spring City, 225 Clinton Avenue, Spring City, TN 37381
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., CHI Memorial Convenient Care – LaFayette, 615 East Villanow Street, LaFayette, GA 30728
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Primary Healthcare Center - Rossville Clinic at Fairview, 205 Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741

Together you can discuss your risk and decide if a lung screening is right for you. Call (423) 495-LUNG (5864) for more information.

CHI Memorial is honored to be recognized as 'high performing' by U.S. News in lung cancer surgery and COPD.

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