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Lung cancer

Early detection – next to quitting smoking – is the best way to improve your survival rate

Detecting lung cancer early and treating it surgically improves patients’ five-year survival rate to more than 70 percent. The rate drops to 15 percent when detected later.

UT Health East Texas offers a low-dose CT scan, which screens for lung cancer in smokers.

To qualify for the scan, you must meet these criteria:

  • Be a current or former smoker.
  • Be 55 to 77 years of age.
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 packs/years. One pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.

The test utilizes a low-radiation CT scan without IV contrast and takes less than 10 minutes.

Lung-nodule scanning is available at UT Health East Texas facilities in:

  • DEV NOTE: LINK vs Typical Display
  • Athens
  • Henderson
  • Jacksonville
  • Pittsburg
  • Quitman
  • Tyler

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call:

UT Health East Texas Pulmonary Institute at North Campus Tyler at 903-877-7916

UT Health East Texas Pulmonary Institute at S. Fleishel - A department of UT Health Tyler at 903-592-6901

Providers For This Service

Kimberly Brown, APRN, FNP-BC
Pulmonology (Lung Disease)

Luis Destarac, MD, FCCP
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Asthma, Allergy & Immunology