Matt Fox of Manalapan has more treasured time with his family in his future, because he’s now a lung cancer survivor.
Matt had smoked for most of his life, which increased his risk for lung cancer. When his wife, Mary, saw information about CentraState’s lung screening program, she convinced him to participate. Last year, the low-dose CT scan that he received through the program found a tiny nodule on his right lung to monitor. This year, his screening revealed that the nodule had increased in size, requiring action.
“My wife’s encouragement to get screened saved my life,” says Matt, age 63, who quit smoking two years ago when his first grandson was born. “She’s the real hero here.”
Through the lung screening program, annual low-dose CT scans are covered by Medicare and most private insurance for those who meet the criteria (see below), according to Sharon Lorfing, APN, who directs the program and works closely with primary care providers in monitoring patients.
“Lung screening CT scans are the best way to detect early-stage lung cancer before it has spread and while it’s still curable,” says Jean Philippe Bocage, MD, thoracic surgeon at CentraState.