Screening for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. A recent clinical trial has found that lung cancer screening with low-radiation dose CT scans significantly lowers the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%.

We are one of the original centers approved by the National Framework for Lung Screening Excellence.

Why should I get screened?
The recent National Lung Screening Trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute has shown that screening high-risk individuals using low-dose CT (LDCT) scanning can reduce lung cancer-related mortality. The trial involved more than 53,000 individuals between the ages of 55 and 74 years old who were current or former smokers. The study established that LDCT screenings detected significantly more patients with lung cancer than standard chest X-ray and that LDCT screenings were associated with a 20% reduction in lung cancer-related mortality.

Am I Eligible?

  1. Men and women between the ages of 55 and 74 who have smoked an equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.
  2. Current and former smokers who have quit within 15 years
  3. Others who have significant lung disease, exposure to certain toxins or radiation, or a family history of lung cancer

A Multidisciplinary Approach
To ensure the most adequate follow-up care to patients, specialists in chest radiology, thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine and oncology review each patient’s history, risk factors and LDCT findings, then provide the patient and his/her primary physician with their recommendations. An experienced lung cancer nurse navigator helps patients from the initial phone call to the first appointment and through their follow-up visits to maintain continuity of care at USC.

Will my insurance cover this?
Most insurance companies do not cover lung cancer screening. To reduce the financial burden that high-risk individuals face, the Lung Cancer Program offers the test and interpretation for $99. Patients who need subsequent scans and/or tests should consult with their insurance companies to determine coverage.