About the program
The goal of the Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program is to help identify early stage lung cancer in high-risk individuals, before they begin to have symptoms. Named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance, Southcoast joins more than 250 screening centers across the country following best practices outlined by LCA.
Southcoast has been named a Screening Center of Excellence for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer that is carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.
The Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program offers low-dose CT scan screening to people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. This screening program is typically not covered by insurance programs, but will be available to qualifying individuals for a $20 enrollment fee.
The screening program is available to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:
- Age 55 to 74
- Smoking history of greater than 30 pack years*
- If ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years
- No personal history of previous lung cancer
After an initial evaluation, each participant who qualifies will have a low-dose screening CT scan of the chest. This study will be interpreted by one of our Southcoast radiologists and reviewed by Dr Miller.
- If you continue to qualify for the program, you will undergo two additional CT scans in year 2 and year 3.
- If any abnormal findings are present on your scans, Dr. Miller and his team will review these with you and coordinate further care with your medical team.
To learn more about enrolling in the program, call 855-259-5864/855-259-LUNG.
About Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer is one of the major causes of death in the United States and in the South Coast region. Of the four most common cancers (lung, prostate, breast and colon), it is the only cancer without a widely adapted preventative screening test.
Recent research, including the National Lung Screening Trial, has demonstrated that selective screening of high-risk patients with low-dose CT scans of the chest can find early stage lung cancer. If lung cancer can be detected at an early stage, patients can be cured of their disease.
Under the direction of Richard Miller, MD, a thoracic surgeon and physician-in-chief of surgery at Southcoast, the Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening program is modeled after the National Lung Screening trial.
About Low-Dose CT Screenings
A low-dose radiation CT lung screening takes less than ten seconds and does not require medication or needles. You do not need to fast for this exam. Low-dose CT scanners provide our patients with personalized radiation dosing – with the ability to reduce the amount of radiation required by up to 50 percent.
To learn more, call 855-259-5864/855-259-LUNG.
*A pack year is a way to measure the amount a person has smoked over a period of time. It is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, one pack year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes (1 pack) per day for 1 year or 40 cigarettes (2 packs) for a half year.