MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – LUCAS, the first state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will travel to Lincoln and Harrison counties to offer low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.
A department of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals and WVU Cancer Institute, LUCAS will be at:
– Lincoln Primary Care at Hamlin from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 5. For an appointment, dial 304-226-5725, extension 132.
– Clarksburg Baptist Church from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 6. For an appointment, dial 304-622-2708.
Patient and staff safety is a top priority, and extra precautions will be taken during the pandemic. These include staff wearing masks, patients waiting in their cars until their appointment time, and extended appointment times to allow staff to thoroughly disinfect between patients.
Lung cancer screenings are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Uninsured patients living in West Virginia who meet the screening criteria can receive their lung cancer screening on LUCAS through the generosity of grants and donations. The prescription of a doctor and the prior authorization of the insurance are necessary to be tested.
LUCAS, acronym for Lung Cancer Screening, builds on the success and infrastructure put in place by Bonnie’s Bus. In West Virginia, more people die from lung cancer than from colorectal, prostate and breast cancer combined. LUCAS travels to 42 counties across the state without easy access to lung cancer screening.
Like a mammogram, regular screening for lung cancer can detect cancer at an early stage, when it is easier to treat and cure. Both units are part of the WVU Cancer Institute’s mobile cancer screening program and are working in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders to reduce the number deaths from breast and lung cancer in West Virginia.