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(Covington)  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is launching a specialized Lung Cancer Screening Program dedicated to the early diagnosis of lung cancer.


Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team Recommends Screening for High-Risk Individuals

Contact: Melissa Hodgson, 985-898-4131,

The Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Team is recommending the screening specifically for high-risk individuals. The Lung Cancer Screening Program will follow Medicare guidelines, which classifies high-risk individuals as the following:

  • ages 55-77
  • smoking history greater than 30 packs a year
  • less than 15 years of smoking cessation
  • asymptomatic

This effort was spearheaded by the Lung Cancer MDC Team at the Cancer Center, which is comprised of specialists from many disciplines including medical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and support services such as patient navigation.

“By combining the precision of this screening approach and the multidisciplinary expertise available through the Lung Cancer Screening Program, patients will be diagnosed more accurately and rapidly—saving more lives,” said Charles J. DiCorte, MD, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon and chair of the Cancer Center’s Lung MDC Team.

As a Screening Center of Excellence, recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance and an American College of Radiology Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center, the Cancer Center offers the highest quality diagnostic testing by physicians who are dedicated to finding lung cancer in its earliest stages when better outcomes are likely. With state-of-the-art imaging equipment, patients can rest assured they are receiving a precise diagnosis.

“Early detection is key to treating and beating lung cancer,” said Jack Khashou, Cancer Center administrator. “Through this program, patients receive results quickly, which means letting them know soon after the scan if they are free and clear of cancer or if follow-up tests are necessary.”

The screening is painless and performed with a low-dose spiral (helical) CT scanner. The CT screening can be completed with a single short breath-hold and takes about 7-15 seconds. As with other cancer screenings, it is important for participants to adhere to annual lung cancer low-dose CT screenings. Annual screenings allow physicians to monitor patients for potential changes.

The cost of the lung cancer screening is offered at a discounted rate of $99 for those at high risk. A physician referral is not required, but patients should speak with their primary care physician about whether this screening will be beneficial for them. For more information or to make a screening appointment, visit or call 985-898-4581. 

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care that strives to positively impact the lives of cancer patients and their families on the Northshore. Services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as patient navigation, clinical trials and free community screenings. Not only do patients have access to these vital cancer services and high quality cancer care, but these services are readily available close to home.


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