Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the number-one cancer killer in America, taking more lives
than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Every year, 200,000
Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer and 160,000 die from it. However,
early detection of lung cancer can increase the five-year survival rate for
stage 1 lung cancer to nearly 90%.
LungHealth™, the LDCT Lung Cancer Screening Program at
BIDMC, provides screening to patients who are at risk for developing lung
cancer. Though low-dose computed tomography (CT) examinations, we can
proactively and safely screen patients for this disease.
LDCT lung cancer screening is the first and only cost-effective test proven
to detect lung cancer at an early stage, which can result in a better
chance of survival for patients. LDCT lung cancer screening at BIDMC is
performed with a low dose of radiation and has minimal risk for the
patient. The LDCT examination does not require the use of contrast and the
examination is completed within 10 minutes.
BIDMC is a pioneer in LDCT lung cancer screening and was one of the study
sites of the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, a multi-center trial
that was the breakthrough for CT lung cancer screening. Our program also
provides an elaborate infrastructure aimed to inform and support our
patients and their referring doctors.
Patients eligible LDCT lung cancer for screening:
Are 55 to 77 years old.
Have a 30 “pack year” or greater history. (Pack years are calculated
using the number of years you smoked and the amount of packs of
cigarettes smoked each day. For instance: 1 pack/day for 30 years is 30
pack years; 2 packs/day for 15 years is 30 pack years.)
Are current or former smokers who have quit in the past 15 years.
Have no current symptoms of lung cancer such as coughing up blood or
sudden weight loss.
Arrange a Screening
To make an appointment, please contact Program Manager Lauren Taylor at 617-667-5712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center
The LungHealth program at BIDMC is a designated lung cancer screening center by the American College of Radiology.
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