Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Designated Lung Cancer Screening CenterLung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Often symptoms do not show up until the cancer is advanced, when treatment options are limited. A computerized tomography, or CT scan, has proven to be effective in identifying lung cancer when it is most treatable.

Our team of doctors and specialists are experts in lung cancer and participated in the National Lung Screening Trials (NLST), which showed that screening was more effective with a CT scan of the chest than with a chest x-ray.

Years of Smoking Can Cause Cancer. A Screening Could Save Your Life.

Are You at High Risk For Lung Cancer?

CATEGORY 1: CMS (Medicare) guideline

  • Aged 55 – 80 years with > 30 pk-yr smoking history.
  • Medicare: ages 55 – 77.
  • If non-smoker, quit smoking within the last 15 years.

CATEGORY 2: NCCN guideline

  • Aged 50-80 Years with history of 20 or more smoking pack years or if quit smoking within the last 15 years.
  • History of: COPD/Pulmonary Fibrosis, radon exposure, occupational exposure, history of cancer, family history of lung cancer.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Pneumonia or acute respiratory infection
  • New shortness of breath
  • New or changing cough
  • Unexplained significant weight loss
  • Chest CT in the last 12 months.

About Our Lung Cancer Screening

  • Cost covered by Medicare and may also be covered by other medical insurances.
  • Low-dose CT scan.
  • Free interpretation of CT scan by national experts.
  • Free access to the RWJ Tobacco Dependence Program, a tobacco cessation support program.
  • Consultation with a nurse practitioner and help scheduling additional tests, if needed.
  • Coordination with your primary care doctor.

You may be at risk for lung cancer.
Early detection is important. Schedule your screening today at (609) 584-2826

Patient Shared Decision Counseling Information:

Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT) has been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early, before you have symptoms, when there is the best chance of cure. There are also some risks and limitations. The following information is a summary of information you received in a discussion with a healthcare provider. Please let us know if you still have questions before your screening.

What are the benefits to LDCT lung screening?

  • Early detection of lung cancer
  • Decreased lung cancer mortality
  • Reduction in anxiety/psychosocial burden
  • Cost effectiveness

What are the risks to LDCT lung screening?

  • Radiation exposure: LDCT lung screening uses radiation to create images of your lungs. Radiation can increase a person’s risk of cancer. By using special techniques, the amount of radiation in LDCT lung screening is small (about 0.65 mSv compared to 5.8 mSv for conventional CT). When you are at high risk for developing lung cancer due to a smoking history and other possible factors, the benefits of the screening outweigh the risks of being exposed to the small amount of radiation from this exam.
  • False negatives: No test, including LDCT lung screening, is 100% accurate. It is possible that you may have a medical condition, including lung cancer, that is not found during your exam. This is called a false negative.
  • False positives/additional testing: LDCT lung screening often finds something in the lung that could be cancer but in fact is not. This is called a false positive. In order to make sure these findings are not cancer, you will need to have more testing.
  • Over-diagnosis: A slow-growing lung cancer can be detected by the low dose CT lung screening that otherwise would not have progressed to become life-threatening. The consequences of over diagnosis that have potential harm are unnecessary invasive diagnostic procedures, treatment, cost and anxiety.
  • Findings not related to lung cancer: Your LDCT lung screening exam also captures images of areas of your body next to your lungs. In a small percentage of cases (5%−10%), the CT scan will show an abnormal finding. This finding could be harmless, but you may need to be evaluated further.

Resources:

Information about CT Lung Cancer Screening and Lung Cancer

Smoking Cessation

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