Screening At-Risk Patients for Lung Cancer
Earlier detection is critical to successful lung cancer treatment. Fortunately, greater access to safe and accurate computerized tomography (CT) technology is giving at-risk patients potentially lifesaving information even before symptoms appear.
Low-dose CT screening is recommended for people who:
- Are current or former smokers
- Are 55 to 74 years old
- Smoke or have smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or more
The Lung Cancer Screening Clinic of the Lifespan Cancer Institute is helping to ensure that low-dose CT (LDCT) tests are accurately interpreted and, if needed, patients have access to further diagnostic testing and world-class cancer treatment options.
About Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and accounts for 30 percent of all deaths, more than 150,000 a year. A recent study, called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, demonstrated that when compared to chest x-rays, CT scans reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20 percent.
For more information about screenings, call 844-401-5864/844-401-LUNG.
The clinic is available at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and will soon be available at Newport Hospital.
Your Care Team
Our multidisciplinary team includes experienced radiologists, pulmonologists and behavioral medicine staff. We work closely with patients and their families.
Our team is committed to timely communication and close coordination of care with each patient’s primary care physician.
Upon referral, patients will be seen at our Lung Cancer Screening Clinic within two weeks. The visit will include a meeting and evaluation by both a pulmonologist and a member of our behavioral medicine staff to help facility timely care.