Lung Cancer Screening Program
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S., and cigarette smoking is the single biggest risk factor. Unfortunately, only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed with early stage disease.
However, recent studies and the use of low-dose CT of the chest (LDCT) suggest that screening can improve survival from early detection of lung cancer by as much as 20 percent. For this reason, Jefferson launched a Lung Cancer Screening Program that offers a unique one-day, low-cost service based on state-of-the-art screening methods for lung cancer in high-risk patients.
An LDCT uses X-rays to obtain a multiple-image scan of the entire chest compared to a standard chest X-ray that produces a single image of the whole chest in which anatomic structures overlie one another.
This effort – with support from Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Radiology – is one of the first in the Delaware Valley in the hopes of detecting lung cancer in patients sooner. In addition, other emerging technologies including biomarkers, nonsurgical approaches to biopsy and novel therapies involving radiotherapy are giving hope to patients.
Lung Cancer Screening Criteria
If you are between the ages of 55 and 74 and have a total smoking history of 30 pack years or more (one pack/day for 30 years, two packs/day for 15 years, etc.), or if you are an ex-smoker and cessation occurred within 15 years, then you meet the criteria for the screening. Jefferson's Lung Cancer Screening Program follows the guidelines from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial.
CT scans for screening purposes are not currently covered by insurance. The cost of an LDCT is $350 per scan, which includes free parking at the office.
Patients who meet the criteria are offered the scan, a reading by a radiologist, a consultation with a pulmonologist to review the results, a follow-up appointment scheduled with a thoracic surgeon and/or smoking cessation counseling in one visit in one location.
Make an Appointment for a Lung Cancer Screening
To schedule a screening, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW.