Lung Cancer Screenings in MA & RI
At Southcoast Health, we offer lung cancer screenings to increase your chances of early detection and treatment. We offer low-dose CT scans (LDCT), a screening test covered by most insurances, for patients with a high risk of developing lung cancer. We are committed to responsible lung cancer screening and prevention services for all members of the community.
Can Lung Cancer Be Found Early?
Lung Cancer Screening allows your provider to test and find disease that may not yet cause symptoms. Southcoast Health utilizes a test known as a low-dose CT scan (LDCT) for people at a higher risk of getting lung cancer. LDCT scans can help find abnormal areas in the lungs that are linked to cancer. The use of LDCT scans to screen people at higher risk of lung cancer has been shown to save lives. For higher-risk people, getting yearly LDCT scans before symptoms start reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer.
Reasons to Screen – High-Risk Factors
Smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking. If you are currently smoking or have smoked within the last 15 years, you have a higher risk of developing lung cancer.
When to Talk to Your Provider about Lung Cancer Screening
In order to undergo a screening exam, you must meet the following criteria:
- Age 55-77
- Smoking history of equal to or greater than 30 pack-years
- If an ex-smoker and quit within the last 15 years
- No history of lung cancer
- No chest CT exam within the past year
To request more information about our Screening Program, please call (508) 973-7579, email CTLungScreening@southcoast.org or speak with your primary care provider.
Lung Cancer Screening Program Locations:
- Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, MA
- Truesdale Clinic, Fall River, MA
- St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford, MA
- Tobey Hospital, Wareham, MA
The program is led by Medical Director Dr. Lelia Lamp.
Lelia Lamp, MD, is trained in advanced pulmonary procedures, including endobronchial ultrasound, bronchoscopy and tunneled pleural catheters.
Dr. Lamp’s clinical interests include lung cancer, asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease and critical care medicine.
She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Lamp is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society.
If you have any risk factors or are experiencing possible symptoms of lung cancer, please consult with your primary care physician in southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island or contact us today at CTLungScreening@southcoast.org, for more information.