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Lung cancer

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:

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  • 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 Lung cancer

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

James Fox, MD
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine

G. David Gass, MD
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine

David Jones, MD, FCCP, DABSM
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Varalaxmi Nannaka, MD
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine

Ketan Patel, MBBS, MD, FCCP
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Carla Wang-Kocik, MD
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine