Diagnosing Lung Cancer with Our Lung Cancer Screening Program Available to Our Communities in MA
Lung cancer is one of the major causes of death in the United States, as well as 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 shown 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 Dr. Tammy Gleeson, thoracic surgeon, we are proud to offer a Lung Cancer Screening program in New Bedford, MA.
What Is a Lung Cancer Screening?
The Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program offers low-dose CT scan screenings to people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. This screening program is covered by most insurance programs. Call your insurance carrier for details.
To qualify for the screening, you must meet the following criteria:
- Age 55 to 80
- Smoking history of greater than 30 pack years (calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked)
- If ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years
- No personal history of previous lung cancer
After an initial evaluation, those who qualify will have a low-dose CT scan of the chest. Then, the results will be interpreted by one of our Southcoast radiologists and reviewed by a thoracic surgeon. Possible outcomes may include:
- If you continue to qualify for the program, you will undergo additional CT scans each year.
- If any abnormal findings are present on your scans, Dr. Gleeson and her team will review these with you and coordinate further care with your medical team.
Lung Cancer Screening Center at Southcoast Health
Southcoast has been named a Screening Center of Excellence from the Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. We utilize this method because low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer that are carried out safely and efficiently save tens of thousands of lives a year.
To see if you’re eligible for a lung cancer screening in southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island, call (855) 259-LUNG (5864) or contact a thoracic surgeon.
Southcoast Health offers many wellness and prevention resources for patients, including lung cancer screenings, across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.