Ascension St. Vincent

Compassionate care for your lung health

At Ascension St. Vincent in Indiana, we deliver lung screenings and personalized care for lung cancer and lung nodules.

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Helping detect lung cancer and lung nodules

At Ascension St. Vincent, we deliver advanced screening and surveillance of lung nodules and cancer. Getting a screening such as a low-dose CT scan may help find lung nodules or cancer early, when it is most treatable. Finding cancer early means there may be more options for treatment too.  

There are many factors that affect your risk for lung cancer. In the US, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. If you meet the criteria below, ask your doctor if a lung screening is right for you:

  • Are between age 50 and 80 
  • Currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Have smoked 2 packs daily for 10 years or 1 pack daily for 20 years
  • Do not currently have signs or symptoms of lung cancer

A referral from your primary care doctor or other provider is needed for a low-dose CT scan. If you wish to contact an Ascension St. Vincent pulmonologist to determine if a low-dose CT scan is right for you and receive an order, please contact our Lung Nodule Clinic by one of the phone numbers convenient to your location listed below.

Understanding a low-dose CT screening

If your doctor thinks a low-dose CT screening is right for you, a test can easily be scheduled at one of our many locations throughout the Indianapolis and Evansville areas. When you arrive for your test, you will change into a gown and lie on a table that slides in and out of a large tube, called a CT. It is a painless imaging test that takes only minutes to complete, once started.

A referral from your primary care doctor or other provider is needed for a low-dose CT scan. Medicare and many private insurers may cover CT scan lung screening for those at high risk. And for many high-risk patients, the first scan may be covered without a copay. Check with your insurance provider for confirmation of coverage.

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How a screening can help detect cancer
Ascension St. Vincent pulmonologist Victor Chavez, MD, explains the importance of having a low-dose CT screening for finding lung cancer in high-risk patients. 

The importance of lung cancer screenings

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Changing the way we provide care
Ascension is changing the way we provide care, but with the same compassionate care you've come to expect. 

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Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension St. Vincent, we are committed to keeping you safe while you’re receiving care in our hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.

A multispecialty team dedicated to your care

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or have lung nodules, our cancer care and Lung Nodule Clinic teams at Ascension St. Vincent are here for you. We know that being diagnosed with cancer can leave you with a lot of questions and uncertainty. We start by listening. Then we work with you to create a personalized care plan that’s right for you. 

Pulmonology: Pulmonologists play a vital role in the initial diagnosis, staging and treatment of lung cancer. Pulmonologists are doctors who perform biopsies, sometimes using robotic bronchoscopy to reach and biopsy even the smallest of nodules. They work closely with surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to create a personalized care plan that's right for you. They can also recommend when you should have a low-dose CT scan.

Proactive screenings: We offer lung cancer screenings that are right for you, including low-dose CT scans. And, our team delivers complete evaluation of nodules found during imaging. 

Minimally invasive procedures: We use robotic-assisted minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Less invasive procedures can help reduce risks and improve your quality of life. 

Tumor care: We offer genetic testing for tumors. And, we have a multidisciplinary team of specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, radiology, interventional radiology and palliative care who work together to help find the treatment that is right for you.

Experienced surgical teams: Our cancer care team includes surgical oncology specialists dedicated to specific cancer diagnoses. Advanced surgical techniques are offered, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. 

Medical oncology and infusion services: We work together with medical oncologists to deliver medication therapies that are right for you, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, blood products, injections and hydration IV therapy.

Precision radiation therapy: Our radiation oncologists use advanced technology to help ensure the precise delivery of radiation therapy or high-dose radiotherapy (HDR). Imaging such as PET, CT, and MRI are used to help make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that's right for you.

Nurse navigators: Nurse navigators are part of our cancer program. They follow each patient through their cancer journey, providing support such as answering questions, helping coordinate your care and connecting you with additional support you may need.

Support programs: We provide smoking cessation and tobacco treatment programs. We also have education and support programs for patients and their families.

Get a second opinion for your lung cancer diagnosis

There’s a lot to think about when you’re dealing with a lung cancer diagnosis and you’re deciding on a treatment plan. Getting a second opinion not only provides more information about your condition, but it may also increase your confidence in your care plan.

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Meet our care team

Anthony Ascioti, MD

Thoracic Surgery
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Anthony Ascioti, MD

Roger Johnson, MD

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Roger Johnson, MD

Pulmonology
Evansville, Indiana

Victor Chavez, MD

Pulmonology
Evansville, Indiana

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Victor Chavez, MD

Michael Busk, MD, MPH

Pulmonology 
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Michael Busk, MD, MPH

Vijay Nutthaki, MD

Thoracic Surgery
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Vijay Nutthaki

Vru Patel, MD

Pulmonology
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Vrushank Patel, MD

Jon Simala, MD

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Jon Simala, MD

Pulmonology
Indianapolis, Indiana

Michael Thomas, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Evansville, Indiana

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Michael Thomas, MD

Who should get a lung screening
Ascension St. Vincent thoracic surgeon Anthony Ascioti, MD, explains who qualifies for lung screenings. 

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Mark Mastrodicasa, MD

Pulmonary Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Mark Mastrodicasa, MD

Christopher Nelson, DO

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Christopher D. Nelson, DO

Pulmonology
Evansville, Indiana

Anthony Uvieghara, MD

Pulmonology
Evansville, Indiana

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Anthony Uvieghara, MD