LUCAS to offer lung cancer screening in multiple locations


MORGANTOWN — LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Nicholas, Jackson, Lewis, and Preston counties offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.

A service of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals and the WVU Cancer Institute, LUCAS will be at:

• Richwood High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 15. For an appointment, call (304) 226-5725.

• Coplin Health Systems at River Valley Family Care in Ravenswood from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16. For an appointment, call (304) 273-1033.

• Gauley River Elementary in Craigsville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 22. For an appointment, call (304) 226-5725.

• Family Medicine Clinic of Jane Lew from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 24. For an appointment, call (304) 884-7880.

• Rowlesburg Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 25. For an appointment, call (304) 454-2421.

• Reedsville Volunteer Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26. For an appointment, call (304) 864-0884.

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 car until their appointment time, and thorough sanitization between patients.

The lung cancer screenings are billed to private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. Uninsured patients living in West Virginia who meet screening criteria can receive their lung cancer screening on LUCAS through the generosity of grant funding and donations. A physician’s order and prior authorization from insurance are required to get screened. Appointments must be made 14 or more days in advance of the visit to allow time for insurance pre-authorizations.

LUCAS, an acronym for Lung Cancer Screening, builds upon the success and infrastructure established by Bonnie’s Bus. In West Virginia, more people die of lung cancer than colorectal, prostate and breast cancer combined. LUCAS travels to the 42 counties in the state without easy access to lung cancer screening.

Similar to mammography, regular lung cancer screening can detect cancer early, when it is easier to treat and cure. Both units are part of the WVU Cancer Institute Mobile Cancer Screening Program and work in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, and other community leaders to reduce the number of deaths from breast and lung cancer in West Virginia.

For information on LUCAS, see WVUCancer.org/LUCAS.

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