frequently asked questions

Please also discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

Lung Cancer

What does it cost me to get my lungs tested?

Low-dose CT scan test is covered by most insurance companies and Medicaid as well as Medicare. You can call your insurance company for more information. But the first step is to discuss your concerns and options with your doctor. Your doctor will let you know if you need the test.

How can I find a primary care doctor?

If you need help finding a primary care provider, contact your local hospital or clinic and ask to establish primary care with a physician. Alternatively, you can call 311 to find out how to get medical or dental care at a public hospital, child health clinic, or community health clinic. You can also use this user friendly map to find a convenient clinic location. The Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376 and The National Witness Project, Buffalo at (716) 845-3383 can also help you find a primary care doctor.

Where can I get this low-dose CT scan?

There are several testing centers in and around Buffalo that offer low-dose CT scan. You can find these details in this user-friendly map (link to Google maps). You can also get directions from your place and find places that can be reached by public transportation. You can also check out our website, ucare4u.org for more helpful information.

No one in my family had cancer. Am I still at risk?

Good question! A family history of lung cancer may be important to know. You should discuss this and any other concerns you may have with your doctor. If you already have a regular doctor, make an appointment to discuss your concerns and schedule your screening as needed. If you need help finding a doctor, please check out our helpful resources on our website, ucare4u.org

How do I know if I'm considered 'at risk'?

Testing for lung cancer is recommended for individuals aged between 50-80 years, who currently smoke or had quit within the past 15 years and had smoked at least 1 pack a day for 20 years. The most important thing is to disucss your concerns with your doctor. If you need to get tested, do it as early as possible to have the best treatment options.

I do not have any health issues now. Do I need to see my doctor?

Whether you have any health issues or not, testing for lung cancer is recommended for individuals aged between 50-80 years, who currently smoke or had quit within the past 15 years and had smoked at least 1 pack a day for 20 years. The most important thing is to disucss your concerns with your doctor. If you need to get tested, do it as early as possible to have the best treatment options.

What if I can't drive to the testing center?

There are several options available if you need help with transportation to get tested in and around Buffalo. Some testing cenrters offer free transportation. You can find this and more helpful information on our website, ucare4u.org

What if I don't have insurance?

If you do not have insurance or need help to find coverage, Erie county and New York State can help you find afforable insurance options that work for you. You can find contact information and other helpful resources on our website, ucare4u.org

Is there testing center near me?

You can find one of the several testing centers offering low-dose CT scan near you using this user-friendly map. You can get directions to the testing center and also find places on bus routes. You can also find transportation options and more helpful informaiton on our website, ucare4u.org.

Where can I find contact information for testing ceters or clinics?

You can find addresses, phone numbers and directions to testing centers and clinics using our user-friednly map (link to Google maps) or a list of places here (link to Google docs). You can find this and more helpful information on our website, ucare4u.org.

What if I can't afford treatment?

If you need treatment or further care after getting tested, your doctor will discuss and find the best treatment options for you. The most important thing is to make an appointment with your doctor and get tested as early as possible. The sooner you know, the better and more treatment options will be avaiable for you.

Do I need insurance to get a low-dose CT scan?

Yes, you need insurance to get tested. If you do not have insurance or need help to find coverage, Erie county and New York State can help you find afforable insurance options that work for you. You can find contact information and other helpful resources on our website, ucare4u.org.

How can the University at Buffalo help me?

University at Buffalo researchers are committed to help patients who may be at risk for cancer to get tested early and regularly as recommended by their doctor. We are working to make testing sible and for canc addressing patient barriers to obtaining care through educational resources tailored to underserved patients.

Do I need a doctor's order to get screened?

Yes, you need a doctor's order to get tested. Your doctor will help you by discussing your concerns and the best options to get tested and obtain care. If you need help finding a doctor, please check out our website.

Do I need a low-dose CT scan if I have quit smoking?

Yes. Regular lung cancer screening is recommended for those between the ages of 50 and 80 years old, who currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 15 years and smoked at 1 least 1 pack a day for 20 years. Make an appointment today to see your doctor and discuss whether you need to get tested or not.

My work schedule changes frequently. Can I get tested after working hours or during the weekend?

Yes, you can use this map guide to find locations that are open late and during weekends.Using the map you can also get directions to these locations.

Where can I learn more?

We put together several helpful tools and information for you to learn more on our website, ucare4u.org

What's your phone number?

You can contact the study staff at (716) 424-8109 or bewellbuffalo@gmail.com

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