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


Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC is launching a specialized lung cancer screening program dedicated to the early diagnosis of lung cancer in high risk individuals.

The lung cancer screening program was created by the Cancer Center’sLung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Team, a group of experts specializingin lung cancer screening and treatment. The program will follow Medicareguidelines, which classifies high-risk individuals as the following:

  • smokers and former smokers ages 55-74
  • smoking history of 30 or more packs a year
  • fewer than 15 years of smoking cessation
  • asymptomatic

“Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Louisiana,” explains Melanie Guilbeaux, Cancer Center director. “Our team has taken a proactive approach to detecting this type of cancer as early as possible.”

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, lung cancer is 80 to 90 percent curable when caught early.The low -dose CT scan is an important tool in detecting the disease before symptoms begin, when it is still potentially curable. Because of these facts,the Cancer Center’s Lung MDC Team, says the best way to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients is through this new, innovative screening initiative. TheLung MDC Team includes specialists from each diagnostic, treatment and supportive care discipline including surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, pulmonology, clinical research and patient navigation.

“We are excited to provide this important screening to our community,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO of TGMC. “Through the Lung Cancer Screening Program, patients will be diagnosed more accurately and rapidly, which will save lives.”

The Cancer Center is the first site in the region to offer lung cancer screenings at a location recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance as a Screening Center of Excellence. By offering the most advanced diagnostic testing by experts, patients can rest assured they are receiving a precise diagnosis.

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, please visit or call (985) 850-6052.


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