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Lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Beginning as a growth of abnormal cells, the cancer grows to form a tumor, interfering with lung function. Lung cancer is treated through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Those who smoke cigarettes have an increased risk for lung cancer.

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Lung cancer screening center in Trinity, Florida

At HCA Florida Trinity Hospital, we bring together all types of specialists in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung cancer.

Our goal is to increase the early detection of lung cancer through innovative programs and lung cancer screenings. If lung cancer is detected, you can be assured that you will receive comprehensive cancer care and thorough follow-up evaluations at our hospital. Our lung cancer team includes primary care providers, pulmonologists, radiologists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons and a dedicated lung screening coordinator and navigator.

Together, our providers offer advanced, quality care that is tailored to your needs.

Lung cancer screening services

In its early stages, lung cancer does not show symptoms, but when it starts showing symptoms in the later stages, it can be harder to treat. This is why screening tests are key in diagnosing lung cancer in its early stages.

Lung cancer screening

Patients who participate in our screening program will undergo a low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan of the chest. This pain-free, noninvasive lung screening creates an image that can show abnormalities or tumors. It uses low-dose CT to quickly screen the lungs with minimal exposure to radiation. Lung cancer screening is for patients who are not experiencing any symptoms of lung disease.

Candidates for a lung cancer screening

To be eligible for a lung cancer screening, you must:

  • Be 55 to 77 years old
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year equals smoking one pack per day for one year)
  • Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer present, such as a cough that does not go away, chest pain with deep breathing, hoarseness, weight loss, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, fatigue, wheezing or repeated lung infections

Call our lung screening coordinator at (727) 834-4200 or your primary care physician to determine your eligibility for the screening.

If you are eligible for the screening, the nurse coordinator will contact your primary care physician for the order. After the screening, the nurse coordinator will send your results to the referring physician, as well as coordinate any follow-up care, if necessary.

Lung screening cost

Most major health insurance providers cover the cost of lung cancer screening. For questions about insurance coverage, please call our lung screening coordinator at (727) 834-4200.

Incidental Lung Nodule Program

To help with early detection, if you visit one of our emergency rooms (ERs) and undergo a CT scan that includes images of the lungs, your scan will be examined for lung nodules. If a lung nodule is detected, you will be referred to our lung nurse coordinator. Your primary care physician will receive a CT scan report with the recommended follow-up care. The recommendations are based on the 2017 Fleischner Society guidelines for incidental pulmonary nodules.

Continuum of lung cancer care

From diagnosis and treatment to recovery and support resources, our lung cancer team will work with you to make sure you receive a high level of care that meets your needs. 

Excellence in lung cancer care

We are proud to be designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology. Our hospital is also recognized as a Screening Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer and a Care Continuum Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. This means from imaging services to cancer care, our hospital provides a high level of lung cancer care.


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June 09, 2021
Kristina Rua, Director of Navigation Operations HCA East Florida Division
As we moved forward and adapted our healthcare settings to reduce the risk of spreading infection, our facilities became the safest possible places to receive care. Unfortunately, the initial shock of the pandemic has left lingering effects with one of the most troublesome being a significate drop in cancer screening.