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Saved by the screen

Last fall, Donna Vogelsong was diagnosed with lung cancer. She couldn’t be more grateful.

Vogelsong, 63, of Aurora, knows all too well the price of the disease. Advanced lung cancer claimed her older brother’s life, just before the surgery that has extended hers. She has the chance her brother will never have in large part because a CT screen caught her cancer early.

She received the screening through the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital, which launched in November 2014 after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved low-dose CT scans for patients who meet specific criteria (see link at the end of this story). The screen revealed small spots in the lower lobes of each of Vogelsong’s lungs.

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